What To Do If Your Ball Lands in a Bunker
For a lot of people, arriving in a bunker is a terrifying situation because they have had little or no luck in being able to get the ball out safely onto the green, they leave it in or they scull it out over the green. But there is a way that will help you psychologically to make this shot and make it more consistent.
How to Splash Sand
Now what I do with people when they start out is to show them how they should splash sand first of all. We take their bunker club, and you know the bunker club is built to bounce or skip through the sand, the leading edge is higher than the trailing edge, so you hit the trailing edge in and that skips through the sand. Now all your other clubs are designed with the leading edges lower, and they become diggers, the difference looks like this.
- This is a digger, see how it is digging down because I have the leading edge pointing down and the toe in a little bit. If the toe is a little open and I hit the backside it becomes a splasher, it continues through, it does not stick in the sand. So we want to splash sand.
- So the first thing we do is get up here and splash sand out on to the green. Splash those little bits of sand out on the green. Finishing nice from the right shoulder to the left shoulder.
- Then I usually get a little rock and put it in here and show people that a rock is just a little bigger piece of sand. Now we don't have any rocks in our bunkers, so I am going to take a tee and put it right here, this little tan tee, and I am going to splash it out on to the green just like the sand.
When I splashed it the tee came out and landed on the green. Now we do the same thing, the same concept when we bring the ball in. The ball is like a little rock, like I used the tee, just splash it out. Go ahead and splash sand, if you splash sand forward and now you have the white rock here. Well, it's heavier than the sand, so it goes out farther, you just get up there, set up correctly, splash the sand, cutting from underneath the ball, splash it out and there you have it. A nice psychological tool to take the tension out of your golf swing when you get into the bunker.