Golf can put some of the best players in uncomfortable situations at any given time. One of these conditions consists of the dreaded sand bunker shot. On paper it is a shot that is said to be simple, yet so many golfers seem to lose their poise and confidence when faced with the perceived challenge. But have no fear; our team has five awesome tips that will get you out of the mindset of making the shot more complicated than necessary.
Approach the Bunker Shot with the Right Attitude
Outside of fear for the sand bunker shot, the biggest issue involved is the stance of the golfer. The majority of the players will position their stance too wide. The reason is because most individuals psych themselves out in sand. Golfers who attempt to forcefully drill the ball often lead to a fat shot in the bunker. Next time, try focusing on getting the ball back on the green.
Position Your Lower Body Correctly
Like with most activities, having the correct body position is essential for success. Instead of opening your stance and clubface too wide, take aim to the left of your target line and open your clubface only around 2-3 degrees. At this point, your feet should be in the sand for balance. Simultaneously place your stance shoulder width apart, while flexing your knees. You will probably feel a bit awkward, but practicing this stance will put your body in line for and make the process more simple. To get a better idea of how this looks visually, check out the video below with golf instructor Shawn Clement.
Utilize the Half Back Swing
Now that you have your body in a good place, its time to swing. You will want to find an area 2-4 inches behind the ball. Place your hands evenly and take a half back swing. In the process of this swing you will want to make sure you rotate your shoulders. If this feels familiar to a pitch shot, you’re right. The only difference is the sand involved.
Now that you are armed with a new approach when facing a sand bunker shot, are you ready to conqueror your previous anxiety? Let us know how you did and what tips you would like to add.