Most golfers appreciate that they need to strike the sand before the golf ball. But I think a fear of hitting the ball thin and seeing it shoot off over the other side of the green, causes them to consistently take too much sand.
Combine that with the classic mistake of decelerating through the ball and more often than not the golf ball stays in the bunker.
This tip will help you get a good, consistent strike when hitting out of a greenside bunker.
Bunker Play Tip:
- Aim to strike the sand 2 inches behind the ball.
- Pick a spot in the sand behind the ball (rather than the golf ball itself) and focus on this point of impact during your swing.
- A good sized divot in the sand is about 6 inches in length (2 inches before the ball and 4 inches after) and an inch or two deep. Any more sand than this and it becomes very difficult to get the ball out of the bunker without making a very aggressive swing.