For those of you who follow me, you know I am on the quest to master this game called golf. Ok, master might be a bit much considering the sport. But, I am doing my best to bring my game to next level. I can’t seem to get enough reading these days in the “off season” for us amateur players in cold weather states, such as Michigan, when we are not able to play travel golf. I found this article online today at GolfDigest Woman.
Everything leads me back to short game – it can make your game! or break your game. Bunker play is a huge part of your short game and it can be daunting standing in the bottom of a bunker wondering how can I get over the lip to get onto the green. I am sure that Ariya Jutanugarn wasn’t pleased with the way her ball plugged into the bunker yesterday at the LPGA event in Thailand. I don’t think this article covers that type of shot, but Ariva actually came out of the bunker as good as anyone could have. The rest of the 18th hole was another story.
Girls, read below and show the boys what it takes to get out of the bunkers on your next round!
Tips For Her: Three keys for better bunker play
By Megan Padua
Most tour players would rather be in a greenside bunker than in the rough. Unlike the high-handicap golfer, they understand the key factors of bunker play and don’t have a fear of taking a trip to the beach.
Key No. 1: Never hear the click of the ball contacting the club. To control shots out of the sand, understand that you never actually make contact with the ball.
Key No. 2: Take a full swing. During a bunker shot, you’re moving a large amount of sand, and it’s this movement of sand that moves the ball. Your ball is being placed onto the green by a third party. Commit to taking a full swing–as long as you don’t hear the ball at all, you will not hit it too far.
Key No. 3: Understand that your club is a tool. An open face will glide through the sand while a square or closed face will dig. When there is wet sand or very little sand, for example, an open face will most likely glide and end up hitting the ball. Try using a square face to dig whatever sand you can, resulting in the sand moving the ball.
Bonus Etiquette Tip: Once you’ve taken the time to rake the trap, tap the bottom of your shoes with your club to knock the sand off. This prevents you from tracking sand across the green.