The biggest secret in conquering the bunker shot would be the ability to control consistently where your club head enters the sand. Let's refer to the bottom of this entry point of where the club enters the sand as low point.
Below is a video of Zach Johnson demonstrating how important low point is. The shot he is faced with is one that requires the ball to get up in the air fast and land softly. It is a shot that demands precision because if he doesn't time it correctly, his result will be a shot that either stays in the bunker or skulled across the green.
In order to develop consistency with your bunker shots like Zach Johnson you will need to find a way to control your low point.
Below are some ways to help you control low point:
Once you start developing consistency with your low point it is now time to place a ball in the sand.
Below you will find Sergio Garcia demonstrating how to blast the sand 2/3 of the distance.
If you are still having trouble hitting balls out of the bunker, an excellent bunker tip David Orr uses is wedging sand together to form a mound no longer than a dollar bill length.
The mound's height should be no higher than 2-3 inches. Then place golf balls on top of this mound and work on blasting out the sand underneath the ball.This bunker tip will help you to control the entry point and see the visual of the ball being blasted out with the sand.
Another sand shot tip to keep in mind is to watch your hand speed. Your hand speed should be a medium speed which will help in controlling low point and your distance.You may need a high hand speed only when the distance of the shot is long or the ball is buried.
For help with determining what wedge you should use in the bunker visit Wedge Bounce
Practicing the bunker shot can be frustrating but with these golf bunker tips you should start seeing a few more "sandie's" throughout your rounds.
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