Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.
How to Hit Out of the Sand - Tips for Junior Golfers
Simple Tips for Playing Out of Bunkers
When I teach kids in the sand there are only a couple of things that I really want them to understand. First of all it is the difference in the club that they are going to use. This is a standard pitching wedge. A pitching wedge is built like this, the leading edge is lower than the back edge. This club is made for digging. In the sand we don't want to dig, we want to splash. So basically we have a sand wedge. With a sand wedge basically the big difference is that the bottom edge is going to be lower than the leading edge, so what it is going to do is splash through the sand instead of digging through that sand.
Splash Sand in Your Bunker Shots
The important thing I want the kids to understand is that they have the right tool to do the right job when they are using the sand wedge. Now the only technique that I want them to understand is that I want them to understand that they just need to splash sand.
- The way I am going to have them do that is I am going to have them take the heel on the sand wedge and just draw two lines in that sand.
- Then all I am going to ask them to do is swing the club and splash the sand out from between the lines, move the sand out of there. Splash, splash, splash, splash. As long as they are splashing sand and taking care of those two lines they are just moving sand out of the trap.
- So when they put the ball down there all the ball does is become a grain of sand. Once again, splash, splash, and then splash again and voila, the ball goes out of the trap.
We need to keep it simple with the kids. Number one they need to know that they have the right tool to do the job by having a sand wedge and they have the right technique by splashing sand, and what kid does not like to play in the sand. We need to keep it fun and positive. This is one way to do it while they are learning.
About the Instructor
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305