Use the term bunker, not sand trap. Two reasons:
- Bunker is the correct term.
- Golf is a mental game. If you say sand trap, your mind is thinking trap and you’re going to find that that’s where you end up…trapped.
The bunker shot can be one of the most intimidating shots in golf, but it doesn’t have to be. Have a positive attitude and apply the basic fundamentals of this shot and you can master it.
The bunker shot we will discuss here is for green side bunker play. This is an area located next to the green or putting surface.
Two things to know about a bunker shot:
- A bunker shot is basically a pitch shot out of the sand.
- It is the only shot in golf where you actually want to miss the golf ball.
Many beginners make this shot more challenging than it should be often because we watch the Tour Players. Tour Players approach bunker shots in a variety of ways. If you are learning to play golf you need to use a simple, effective method to extract your ball out of the bunker. Here’s how to do that.
How to Hit a Bunker Shot
- Open the club face very, very slightly aiming it at your target
- Grip the club
- Position the ball inside your front foot a few inches
- Dig your feet into the sand to increase your stability and get the feel of the sand
The rules of golf state that your club cannot touch the sand. So you are actually going to “miss” the golf ball when you swing. The sand is going to propel the ball out of the bunker and onto the green.
- Enter the sand one inch behind your ball
- Hover the club over the sand as you get ready to swing
- The length of your stroke will determine how far the ball will go
- Make sure you follow through and do not stop the club in the sand
- When you swing through you should have the feeling of splashing the sand out onto the green
- Follow through with your weight on your front foot and your belly button facing the target
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