October Golf Tip
The Everyday Bunker Shot
One of the toughest shots for golfers, or one that most seem to fear the most, is the bunker shot but if done with confidence and correctly it can be an easier shot than chipping out of the rough. Unfortunately, one of the things that make the bunker shot tough for most is that you cannot ground your club at address. To make this shot you must hover your club above the ground and then lower it 3 to 5 inches to slide your club under the ball at impact. To achieve this, most golfers lower the club by dropping or dipping the whole body on the downswing creating a lot of inconsistency. One of the best tips I ever received for hitting out of the sand was by Top 100 instructor Keith Lyford. His simple but very key tip in helping to avoid this problem and to create more consistency was to bend both arms at set up. Then when you make your swing, your arms will extend naturally and slid right under the ball at impact without having to dip your body.
Yours in golf,
Cabe JonesHead Golf Professional