Golf Tips On How To Hit A Good Shot Out Of Sandy Divots

A sure way to gauge the skill of a golfer is to see how well he or she handles a difficult situation. A ball landing in a bunker doesn’t make you a bad golfer; it’s how adept you are at getting out of that bunker that will make the difference in winning and losing. To help you improve your escape shots, here are three tips we’ve put together.

Golf ball to be off-centre

No matter how your ball lies on the sand, your stance should always be in such a way that the ball is off centre between your feet. If the lie is on an incline, you will need to stand behind the ball to get the control you need. If the lie is on a declining slant, you will need to stand in front of the ball because it gives you more ability to push the ball forward and out.

But what about level bunker lies? Should your ball be in the centre of your legs? The answer is no. Even on level lies, standing behind the ball is required. The following two techniques are best performed in a control position which is almost always behind the ball.

Move ‘through’ the ball

The face of your club should be flat—level with the underside of your ball. That’s because you are planning to make a shot that actually moves under and through the ball, causing it to bounce off the clubface. If done correctly, this will send the ball upwards as well as forwards and successfully break away from the bunker. Remember: this is a drill that must be done while standing correctly, so make sure you have your stance correct before attempting this type of shot.

Use your feet as an aiming gauge

When your ball leaves a bunker, it tends to do so in a very haphazard fashion. Because of this, it’s important to work on your aim as diligently as you can. The best way to do this is by being conscious of your feet. The front of your shoes lined up with each other act as an invisible arrow that points in a direction. Make sure that direction is your target.

Practice a few bunker shots with these pointers in mind and work on improving your bunker play. It’s a great insurance policy to make sure that bunkers don’t get the best of you when you do happen to have an off day.