ALL amateurs will have endured indecision and inconsistency from a sand bunker. This is something experienced by all from time to time.
But there are ways to improve your play out of sand. There is hardly any technical detail in this week’s tip and you can practice it with or without a golf ball. Even the pros, some of them with 20 years on Tour, still subscribe to it and it is something they remain conscious about.
The plan is to concentrate or listen to the sound the club makes when it impacts the sand.
More than a handful of pros have noted that amateurs are afraid of hitting it far as they might get the ball first and thin it – but you have to hit hard in the sand. The ball will come out high and soft only because you have lots of loft on the club. The harder you hit it the more height and spin you get.
A “small” technical note is to not hit too far behind the ball. You want to hit the sand, not the ball, but you do not want to enter the sand more than an inch or so from the ball.
Use the sole
The bounce on the bottom of the club is there to help you – so use it. Sand wedges have been designed to take the fear out of bunker shots, yet amateurs do not always use it.
If you concentrate on the sound the club makes when it impacts the sand, you should hear a solid “thump”. So practice getting that firm, hard sound – it comes when you do not dig into the sand.