You’re surveying the fairway or the green, figuring out how to avoid the bunker on either or both sides. You step up to the ball, try a few practice swings, take your shot, and — drat! The ball lands in the dreaded bunker, even though you took all the precautions to avoid it. However, all is not lost. With a few tips involving your swing and mechanics, you can get out of the sand with no problem at all.
Take the Sand With the Ball
One of the biggest mistakes that amateurs make when hitting out of the bunker is failing to hit the ball in the correct spot. If you’ve ever watched golf on television, you’ll see a ton of sand fly out of the bunker when a pro hits a shot. That’s because it’s all about where you make contact. Unlike a normal swing on the tee or the fairway, you’re actually looking to make contact about 2 to 4 inches behind your ball. This technique throws the sand and the ball out together, and it’s guaranteed to work to perfection.
Use a Half Back Swing
Another problem that many golfers have is swinging too hard at the ball. Instead of taking a full swing and worrying about distance, go with a half swing to get the ball out of the bunker. On most golf courses, the extra few yards you might get with a full swing aren’t worth the risk of the ball staying in the sand. Plus, a half back swing gives you extra control to get the ball where you want it to go.
Get Your Lower Body Set
To get more loft on the ball, get the ball even with your front foot. This allows you to get under the ball and pop it up in the air. You should also cement your front foot to the ground and turn your club face open to get even more loft.
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