Golf Divot Drill to Improve Your Greenside Bunker Play

By Laird Small

Greenside Bunker Play - A Golfer's Struggle

Greenside bunker play, it is an area where a lot of people struggle and here is one of the reasons that I see that happen quite often. It is because the divot ball relationship is not the same or is not repeatable. What I mean is that the divot is not happening in the same location in your stance. Here is a wonderful drill that will help you to identify that.

Practice Drill for Bunker Golf Shots

I have draw to lines in the bunker about a foot apart, you can do this in a practice bunker, and here is what I see a great deal of. One divot will start on the back line way early and one divot will start way up on the front line and then maybe I will see one in between the lines. The object is to have the divot happen between the lines and the ball would be between that divot right in the middle. That is going to help you be extremely consistent in your greenside bunker play, but when your divot entry point is different each time the result of your shot is going to be different each time.

Keep Weight of Your Forward Leg

Getting back to this drill here is how it can help you. When you take your stance and posture have your weight on to your forward leg. Your left ankle, left knee, left hip and left shoulder are all in alignment. A lot of times in bunker play you will see a set up with the player leaning back, where the sternum is back and the club is going to hit too early in the bunker. Get your weight on to your forward leg and stay there through the strike. What will happen is that your sternum is more over the ball and you will start to deliver the club to the same place each time which allows you to get a repeatable performance in the bunker because the divot ball relationship. Then you will start to get the same type shot out every time.

Set a Consistent Divot-Golf Ball Relationship

Let me show you with a shot. I am going to take my set up, weight is on to my forward leg and I am keeping it there. That ball came out pretty nice. I was able to do that because my divot ball relationship was in the same place and I had practiced that drill for quite a while. Give it a try, it will help your bunker play tremendously.

About the Instructor

Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650