Here we are, most beginners’ nightmare.
We’re on the beach when we thought we should be on the golf course.
Greenside bunker shot. Most beginners find this an absolute nightmare but it’s actually the easiest shot in golf because you’re not going to make contact with the ball.
To hit a bunker shot what we are looking at doing is just screwing our feet into the sand a little bit, make sure we have a firm footing.
Now the feet want to be aiming left of the target so we’re aligning ourselves left of the target and we’re going right with the club face.
What we’re going to do now is just make a swing under the ball and the ball rides out on a cushion of sand.
We’re using what is called the bounce of the club.
So with a sand iron the leading edge comes off the ground.
This was developed by Gene Sarazen many years ago to aid getting out of bunkers and the design has remained the same for many, many years.
So we’re looking at swinging the club under the ball and taking the sand out under the ball; often mis-described as being an explosion shot.
That tends to make us think we’re going to hit this hard.
It’s just a normal golf swing, normal pacer swing under the ball.
The ball rides out and sits down next to the hole.