How To Play Bunker Shots - 3 Key Tips

bunkers short game Nov 04, 2021

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Hi everyone Danny Maude here had professional  at the Canterbury Golf Club in Cannes and  
this week's training I've got bonkers and boy I  love bonkers most people's pet hate - most people  
hate bonkers but do you know what you probably  hear it on TV bunker shots for the professionals  
are supposed to be the easiest shot in golf but  obviously increasing the I here at golf clubs is  
that this is an area a part of the game that a  lot of amateurs really struggle with but there  
really is no need there's there's a real simple  action you can you can learn and we're going to  
show you that today on how to get out the bunker  shots nice and easily now as is all my videos they  
always say look none of this works without some  practice and some effort and some persistence but  
I promise you by the end of this video you'll  have a really good understanding on how to get  
out of bunkers so let's get started and I'm gonna  start with the first of all what type of strike  
is required in a bunker shot so first things first  in order to get out of a bunker we need a certain  
type of strike now unlike normal shots okay in a  in a normal shot from a fairway there's always a  
direct connection with the golf ball okay and the  golf club we're trying to strike the ball with the  
club in a bunker we don't strike the ball at all  with the golf with in fact what we're doing is  
is we're actually striking the sand behind the  golf ball and there's almost like a deflection  
so this is how it works the club comes down at an  angle okay downwards it then slices the sand goes  
beneath the surface of the golf ball the back  of the club which we call the bounce hits the  
sand ricochets off the sand and bounces like this  so you might want to look at imagine almost like  
the letter V where the club comes in and then out  in out like a bounce okay so in order for that to  
happen there's a few things that we've got to  do in actually the actual swing itself to make  
it happen so the first thing we're going to do is  we've said well you've heard me mention the bounce  
well what is the bounce the bounce is the back  part that golf club and is one of the key factors  
to get it in getting out of the bunker so what  we do with that bounce is it we twist the club  
face slightly open to the right now the way we do  this is is we don't just go okay danice's turns  
the right one turn because we do that we haven't  actually changed that grip what's going to happen  
through it in practice we're just simply going to  turn back to here so we're going to twist the club  
face to the right then we're going to grip it and  that's going to feel quite strange I'll want you  
to watch out for this because the copy I see we  go up as when they do this is this it does feel  
it feels really weird so they start to shuffle it  back okay without them without realizing they're  
eventually back to square so open it and try your  best to keep it for keep you that that's the first  
thing the next thing we're gonna do is is we're  gonna push the ball forward in our stance we're  
gonna push it off the left heel way out of the  way now on a normal picture on a chip shot you  
know that we're going to probably have the bottom  middle of some if not sometimes back in the stance  
well we why do we push it forward in a bunker  well as we said at the start we don't want to  
hit the ball at all we want to hit the sand so  what we do is by pushing out the way it gives  
us room now look to actually strike that sand  now when we do this what we're gonna do is is  
we're going to make sure as you said this the next  thing was we needed some form of descending blow  
now this is the bit I find a lot of golfers get  the first bit they kind of twizzle the clubface  
and it points a little bit to the right and then  they kind of shuffle their bodies a fraction to  
compensate to the left and they even get the ball  position right and push the ball forward but the  
next bit is a bit that I found is the hardest for  people to grasp and that is the downward strike  
okay what a lot of golfers I see doing is they  see a bank in front of them like this and they  
just can't help trying to raise it and try to  lift it out of the bunker what that looks like  
is something like this they're trying to lift it  out of the bunker here and whether that's leaning  
back whether that's flicking with their wrists  but what's happening here is the club is going  
up and can you see what do we talk about in terms  of actually the type of strike that was required  
is it this type of strike going upwards it's not  as it when you go upwards what happens this bit  
comes up and we hit the ball with this bit and  the ball goes to low I'm going to show you that  
in a second and what do we need we don't need  this strike we need this strike the v's type  
strike okay we don't want it coming up too soon  we want it coming down so it ricochets below the  
surface and pops up so what this looks like well  from this angle you see my club tends to work up  
and down up and down and it's very much committed  so I'm actually going to go up here and I'm gonna  
get down into the south and just slow as I can  circus it up down and the ball pops up and almost  
into the hole so let's go through that again so  what we're going to do is is we push the ball  
forward we've opened the face of the club and  what we're trying to do here is get it up and  
down with strike now things that you can that  may help you to do this more consistently so  
the first thing we do is to this I want you to  focus I want you to focus on the first third of  
your golf club here the first section and I want  you to imagine that that's slicing into the sand  
here it's slicing into the sand it's going up and  down is actually slicing down and what you try to  
do here is you're going to try to slice deep into  the sand here to encourage that bounce to operate  
and pop up as I said most golfers they tend to  hit up on the golf ball too soon and leave it in  
the bunker the other thing I see them doing is  I see them because it's such a short distance I  
see them quitting on the shot they tend to make a  long backswing here that because they're in fear  
of the ball going too far they slow down and the  end up kind of stopping and when our bodies stall  
or stop what happens when I body stop is we kind  of get crumped when we start heating it up on the  
ball again and what that does we hit the ball as  opposed to sand and then boys left in the bunker  
so what what I try and do is you want to make sure  that we fully committed through the shot even if  
that goes too long that's finally if we get some  learning but it's very important to swing down and  
have that commitment going through the show when  we commit through the shot it really increases  
the likelihood that you're gonna strike the sand  first and get a ball popping up so now let's work  
on two or three ways that you could go and go and  practice this in a practice bunker so the first  
thing I would do it then it can depends on what  level you're at at the moment if you're a level  
where you know what you've really been struggling  to get the ball out of a bunker then what I would  
suggest is is the first stage is actually don't  try and hit the golf ball so don't try to get the  
ball out at all the first stage is to see if you  can actually just make connection with the sand  
and what I'd do to help you with this is that  draw a line where your golf clubs straight down  
like this and then what I do is to make sure  that line is maybe two or three inches inside  
your left heel and what you want to try and do  is simply this start to make some swings where  
you're starting to strike that line okay now this  is really useful because when you've got a line  
like this you'll be able to identify exactly where  you're striking or not strike in the sand a lot of  
times when people do this they either miss a sound  completely which is learning in itself so you just  
keep persisting in till you start to strike the  line all what they do is they start to strike way  
behind the line and that is usually because what  they're doing is is they're leaning back and again  
just trying to help it without them realizing  but the great thing about the line is it gives  
you that evidence it kind of helps use the arcade  that's what I'm doing them I must be leaning back  
so doing some swings repeatedly without a ball  means that one you're not seeing the negative  
results of the shot staying in a bunker so if you  if you've got a great psychology you can't deserve  
any money you know but for a lot of us if you keep  hitting bad shots it kind of gets us down and and  
that really can get in the way of our progress so  without a ball draw a line as strut start to hit  
it the second thing you can do is once you've done  that and you start destroyed that line a bit more  
consistently the next thing to do is simply to  observe how you're striking the sand and this is  
quite important we're not going to observe where  the ball goes out often what happens when people  
are learning this they leave the ball in the  bunker the melee is the frustration starts to set  
in and the learning stops and the progress stops  what we want to be able to do it seemed right in  
time the ball would come out let's focus on again  the first part session how to strike the sand so  
let's focus on striking the sand by slicing down  into it getting the bounce working and go right  
brilliant strike the sand where the ball goes  out or not it's not important am i hearing that  
sound that lies splash into the sound is the  club coming down where is it coming down is it  
coming down roughly two or three inches behind  the ball or is the club coming down way behind  
the ball pay attention to those things as you're  striking the sand then you'll get some learning  
and the third and final thing what I often see  again is when people are playing bunkers they  
tend to lose commitment they tend to stall so what  I want to see here is this fully commitment now if  
that means when you hit a practice bunker you do  something like this and the ball goes way too far  
and flies over the green doesn't matter this is  all part of the process all the basic means if  
the ball goes too far when your committees that  you hit the golf ball too much and not enough  
sand you still keep that commitment through the  shot because when you do look as a fully committed  
shot the ball is going to pop up alright now there  is a few more things in a bunkers to add to this  
but this is just a start for you I will release  some more bunker videos as the week's go on but if  
you've got any questions in the meantime really  please do put them in a comment box below and  
I really will I'll answer them over the coming  weeks until next time have a great golfing week