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How to play from Fairway Bunkers Pt4


This is the final part in my mini-series on bunker play and this time I am talking about the fairway bunker shot.

Click these links to read the other bunker play blogs:
PART ONE 
PART TWO
PART THREE

The priority is to make sure you choose a club with enough loft to clear the lip of the bunker. This may mean selecting a club that will not reach the green but it is far better to do that and be playing your next shot from the fairway than being faced with yet another shot from the same bunker.

However, if the lip is very shallow, then you may even be able to get a 3 wood at it. My advice is to experiment in practice and learn which club should be used depending upon how steep the bunker face is.

Take your set up as if you were playing a normal shot from the grass. The only change I make is to grip the club tighter than normal, which will help me make a cleaner contact with the sand. You are looking to pick the ball from the top of the sand by only taking a very shallow divot.

Make sure you commit to following all the way through, as you would do on a normal shot. You have to resist the temptation to lean back to try to help the ball out of the bunker. Remember, the club is lofted and providing you have chosen a club with sufficient loft it will do the work for you.

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Callaway’s new Sure Out wedge is just the job!

If you find yourself struggling with your bunker play, the Sure Out just may be the miracle wedge you’ve been searching for.
This is the by far THE best club available today, to get you out of the sand and on to the green in just one shot.

It really lives up to its name, giving you a SURE OUT, nearly every time.

When Hank Haney teamed up with Callaway to design the Sure Out, he made SURE it was developed to make it easier for you… the amateur golfer… not the Tour Pro… to get out of the bunker and hit any shot around the green easier.

The larger, wider and heavier enhanced-camber, high-bounce Sure Out sole lets you effortlessly and cleanly glide through any type of sand or rough.

The technology is like nothing you have ever seen.
When comparing it to a traditional sand wedge, you’ll see how much has been built into the Sure Out to give you the ultimate advantage
And if the Callaway Sure Out isn’t enough to have you jumping with excitement… we have something even better for you….

…FREE ENTRY TO THE BUNKER CLINIC WITH PURCHASE
When you buy a Sure Out Wedge you will get a free place on our bunker clinic to make sure it works perfectly for you.

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(Ask to try one of the demo SURE OUT wedges next time you are at Dunes)

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The bounce is your best friend – Bunker Play Pt3


Bunker Play
The ball comes out on a cushion of sand

To do this effectively we use the bounce of the club. The bounce stops the club digging too deep into the sand. If you are someone who takes deep troughs of sand and finds the ball barely moving then you have almost certainly, in some way, reduced the effective bounce angle of the club.

(Click these links to read Bunker Play PART ONE and Bunker Play PART TWO)

The yellow drawings on the four images here show how the bounce angle changes depending on what state the club is in as it strikes the sand.

Returning the hands to a central position at impact will ensure that the correct loft and bounce of the club is applied.

As you can see if the clubface is closed or the shaft is leaning towards the target then the bounce angle is reduced.

The Plugged Ball aka The Fried Egg

There is one exception to my lessons on bunker play and that is when the ball is plugged.
In this case we need to reduce the bounce angle and get the club to travel deep into the sand.

The slightly closed clubface and steep angle of attack is encouraged by keeping your weight on the left side and the hands ahead of the ball. This will negate the bounce angle so the club drives down to get underneath the ball.

The amount of bounce that is on a club to begin with varies. A low bounce club has 4-5° right up to a high bounce angle being 16-18°. For FREE expert help come and talk me at Dunes Golf Centre but for now here is a general guide for choosing the correct bounce:

More Bounce
The fluffier the sand, the deeper the sand, the lighter the sand, the longer the grass in the rough, and the steeper the golfer swings the wedge down into the ball, the more bounce on the sole is required to be consistent in shot making.

Less Bounce
Conversely, the more coarse the sand, the more shallow the sand, the heavier and wetter the sand, the shorter the grass in the rough, and the more level the golfer swings the wedge down into the ball, the less bounce on the sole is required to be consistent in shot making.

Callaway’s new Sure Out wedge is just the job!

If you find yourself struggling with your bunker play, the Sure Out just may be the miracle wedge you’ve been searching for.
This is the by far THE best club available today, to get you out of the sand and on to the green in just one shot.

It really lives up to its name, giving you a SURE OUT, nearly every time.

When Hank Haney teamed up with Callaway to design the Sure Out, he made SURE it was developed to make it easier for you… the amateur golfer… not the Tour Pro… to get out of the bunker and hit any shot around the green easier.

The larger, wider and heavier enhanced-camber, high-bounce Sure Out sole lets you effortlessly and cleanly glide through any type of sand or rough.

The technology is like nothing you have ever seen.
When comparing it to a traditional sand wedge, you’ll see how much has been built into the Sure Out to give you the ultimate advantage
And if the Callaway Sure Out isn’t enough to have you jumping with excitement… we have something even better for you….

…FREE ENTRY TO THE BUNKER CLINIC WITH PURCHASE
When you buy a Sure Out Wedge you will get a free place on our bunker clinic to make sure it works perfectly for you.

All for just £99.00
(Ask to try one of the demo SURE OUT wedges next time you are at Dunes)

Still note sure?
We are offering a 30 day full money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied!

Let me show you how to get out the bunker first time, every time!

Join my bunker clinic
Learn a simple technique that will grow your confidence from the sand and show you how to get out first time, every time!

No longer fear the prospect of hitting the ball into the sand, in fact you will relish the opportunity to play great bunker shots time and time again!

To book your space at this clinic for just £15.00 simply telephone 01346 510693 or use the online booking form below
Spaces are very limited so do not delay – book today!


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The Easiest Shot in Golf – Bunker Play Pt2

Here is Part 2 of my series on making you great from the sand (Read Part 1 here)

Once you have grasped the correct technique this really is the easiest shot in golf. In Part 1 I talked about the set-up and the type of swing you should be making.

To recap: The body is the engine; you need to make a committed follow through towards the target. There is no ‘Plan B’ on bunker play – you have to go for it!

With this in mind I have a couple of drills that will help you to make the right move to become a great bunker player.

Drill 1 is the walk through drill. This is designed to get you to make a weight transfer through a rotational movement of the body TOWARDS the target.

Draw a line in the practice bunker and aim to take the line as you step through in the downswing. If you are finding it very difficult to make the step then without doubt you are loading up the right side with your weight.
Click the images to enlarge them.Keep practicing it until the step through and downswing are coordinated and therefore the move feels very easy.

Of course, once this is mastered you can then make the swing with the same sensation as the step through but by holding the follow through in the classic finishing pose.

Drill 2 is designed to get the right body movement combined with the correct release of the club. Using the right hand to deliver the club to the sand and utilising the bounce of the club.

The starting position of this drill simulates the position just after impact. The movement through gets you ‘feeling’ the ‘release’ as you throw the sand behind you, over your left shoulder.Again, this should be practiced a few times before you attempt to put it into play.

Follow these simple steps and you will soon be playing bunker shots with a confidence that makes the seemingly difficult task very easy indeed. If you watch the Pro’s on tour you may have noticed how easy they make this shot look.

Look out for Part 3 very soon!

Let me show you how to get out the bunker first time, every time!
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To book your space at this clinic for just £15.00 simply
Spaces are very limited so do not delay – book today!
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Bunker Play – How to be great from the sand. Pt1


Is a bunker shot something you look forward to?

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Many golfers freeze with fear when faced with a bunker shot. This fear creates tension and in most cases the wrong sort of movement that is required to play a successful shot. Follow these simple steps and you will soon be playing bunker shots with a confidence that makes the seemingly difficult task very easy indeed. If you watch the Pro’s on tour you may have noticed how easy they make this shot look.

The traditional way of playing bunker shots involved aiming left, opening the clubface and leaning the shaft towards the target.

However, in recent years I have found a better, much simpler way of playing great bunker shots.

Simple Swing:
Aim for about 2-3” of sand before the ball but because of the way that this technique uses the bounce of the club the exact amount of sand you take is not that important.

Swing towards the target like a normal golf shot from the grass.

Key Point: The body is the engine
Rotate your body confidently through so your belt buckle finishes facing the target. With a little practice to master this technique you will find your confidence grows and bunker shots become something to look forward to and not something to fear.

Look out for more bunker tips next week!

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