Hello Ladies,

This month is chatting about bunkers.  Whenever I give a bunker lesson there are 2 common problems.  ‘Getting the ball out’ and ‘getting height’.

  • The number 1 error is quitting or not getting through the ball and completing the swing.  The fear of hitting the ball too far or trying to manipulate the shot makes the player decelerate or stop the swing.  A consistent balanced finish is required, completing the pivot using the body not the hands and arms. My tip to achieve this is to hold or squeeze your breasts and not let go.  This is on the back swing and the follow through.  Imagine or place a small towel under each armpit, make your swing and don’t let them fall.  This maintains your connection and forces you to use your body and move back and through.
  • To gain more height, firstly use a lob or sand wedge, place the ball forward in your stance, weight slightly on your front side.  Imagine your swing is more like a ‘V’ use the hinge in your elbow; bend it early to create a ‘pick up’ feel.  This will create a steeper path to the sand as it is moving more up and down.  You must hit the sand and you must hit the sand out.  The steepness of the swing will give you a more downward blow and maintaining the connection on the way through will push the sand out.  Think Up, Down and Through.

A good practice drill for you is to draw a line in the sand and practice hitting the line.  It will make you more precise in your connection.

 

Good Golfing

Gillian