Most golfers talk to me about greenside bunker shots that they are pretty good at getting the ball out but they have a difficult time controlling their distance. There are several ways to control our distance in a bunker and it is a little different than most shots. The reason for that is that the sand has more resistance than grass.
Change Your Follow-Through for a Greenside Bunker Shot
What I would like to share with you today is hitting out of a greenside bunker and controlling your distance by the length of your follow-through and leaving everything else the same. If I have a short shot I want to have a short follow-through. If I want to go a little bit longer then a little bit more of a follow-through, and if I want to hit it a little further than that I want to have a longer follow-through.
Golf Shot: Controlling Your Distance
So I am controlling my distance by the length of my follow-through. For a short shot I am going to set up with the clubface open, ball forward, digging my feet in and I am just going to have a short follow-through. Thus hitting it a short distance on to the green.
Now to hit it to a pin that is a little farther back I am going to set up, dig my feet in and I am going to have a little bit longer follow-through this time. Now if I want to hit the ball even farther I am going to do the same thing but really increase the length of my forward-swing.
So there I demonstrated three different distances with three different lengths of forward-swing on my follow-through. The next time you go out and practice in the bunker, practice on how far you swing through to determine the distance you want to hit the golf ball in a greenside bunker shot.