# The Right Swing Sequence to Get Out of a Bunker

Updated January 20, 2022

Do you know the real difference between this shot and all the others in golf? We are now standing on brown. All day long we stand on green. Green grass, green fairway, green tee, green green. All of a sudden it is brown, and that tells us right away that this shot is a little bit different. My question to you is how many differences are you making in your setup to accommodate the fact that you are now on sand and not on grass?

## Two Things to Change to Hit Out of a Bunker

I only change two things: where I play the ball; and the motion of my golf swing to reflect the fact that the club is going to hit the sand, not the ball. Let me show you what I mean. As I walk in to play this shot, if I was playing this on grass, the ball would be just forward of center and my clubhead would rest directly behind the ball as you see it now. But my intent here is not to hit the ball as I do on grass; it is to hit the sand.

## Letting the Golf Club Fall

So I simply pick up my club, move me to my right, thus having the ball towards my left heel. I then let the golf club fall simply towards the ground, not on it; I am not allowed to touch it. Then I make a normal golf swing. A normal finish. And I get a normal result, but you don’t hear the result like you normally do. Normally you hear club, ball, ground results. Here it is club, sand, ball. In essence the sand moves the ball. Regretfully there are other sounds in a bunker. This is the one that many of you are making.

How did that shot make sense? You just heard the club hit the ball, but you also heard the club hit the sand. The problem is that the club hit the sand way back towards my right foot, traveled through it and then as is was on the ascent it ran into the ball. That is what we call the dreaded dropkick-skull, no good, you can not learn from it, you can not play with it and it is a whole lot of work trying to get rid of it. I am going to show you how real quickly.