Adjust Your Golf Swing Length for Successful Bunker Shots

Adjust Your Golf Swing Length for Successful Bunker Shots

Improve Your Greenside Golf Bunker Play

Here is my bunker mocha, we will come back to this in just a moment so that you can see what this is about.

Successful greenside bunker play involves many principles. I talked about a few of them already, one is controlling the bottom of the swing. Here we are going to talk about the length of the swing necessary to get the ball out of the bunker.

Greenside Bunker Shots Require a Big Swing

In greenside bunker play there is no club ball contact, so we are hitting the sand, knocking the sand out of the bunker, and the ball with it. What we need is a big enough arm swing to propel the sand and the ball to the target. What I am talking about in a big enough swing is your arm swing on the backswing should be at 10 o'clock, not the club but your arm. On the forward swing it is going to go to two o'clock. A lot of times players make good bunker swings but they do not make long enough swings and the ball stays in the bunker. They get frustrated because they think they did a good job but they just did not have enough energy to know the ball out. Let me show you what it will look like. Take my address and stance. 10 o'clock to two o'clock. Ball got up and out relatively close to the hole.

Let's go back to this bunker mocha here. You can see the divot that was made by the shot I just took. The sand in the cup goes right back in the divot. If I smooth it out you can see that is the amount of sand that I displaced. So, successful greenside bunker play, another element is a large enough golf swing. 10 to two o'clock.

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

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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