Golf is ordinarily fun-filled game. However, like all sporting activities, it is not without its fair share of Achilles heel. This is the greenside bunker. It is basically a depression that is adjacent to the green or the fairway section of a golf course which is filled with sand. It is a golfer’s nightmare as it is extremely difficult to confront.
However, this ought not to be the case. The renowned American golfer, Butch Harmon has some instruction tips here which are surely of help to you.
As a golfer, you will normally find it difficult to make good bunker shots. This is because the bunker contains lots of shanks, skulls, and chunks. In most instances, you will normally confront steep crashes in the sand mainly because of uncomfortable positioning. The balls are usually also located too far your back whereas your hands too far forward.
Other than poor positioning, you will also experience big swing faults. This is mainly manifested in the ball moving in an out-to-in club path. This correct swing path allows you to get out of the sand conveniently but difficult to hit the ball in line. It also requires you to apply excessive force to pull it up or apply too much sidespin on the ball altogether.
In order for you to derive more predictable results when in a green bunker, you have to do the exact opposite. You have to hit it close (the ball) in its unique stance which is in line with their front feet. Try this to splash it out and land it close to the hole. Also, rather than pushing their hands forward, you ought to drop them back so as to make the shaft vertical or leaning slightly away from the targeted position. This approach will enable the bounce that is at the bottom of the wedge to slide through the sand unhindered.
The club, on the other hand, should come into impact from the inside out and move towards the target line. To be sure of this, the direction of the sand has to be tested. The sand should ideally fly towards the targeted direction not away to the left. The divot hole also matters. It should ideally be long and shallow; not wide and deep!
To be certain of the best ever results, you ought to draw two lines in the sand while practicing. The first line represents the target line whereas the second one extends at an angle of around 90 degrees. Place a ball where the two lines intersect. Thereafter take your stance with your front foot resting on the second line. This stance allows you to enter the sand around two to three inches behind the ball. It will also enable you to slide the club beneath it perfectly well.