People who haven’t even tried playing golf out of the sand can imagine how playing golf in a sand bunker can be more difficult than playing golf in a green bunker. The dirt is so firm and it the ball won’t get into it unless of course, you are forcibly trying to dig it there, but that’s not golf playing anymore. But sand, no matter what you do, will try to resist even a little bit, trying to prevent the smoother game you’ll have when playing at a green bunker. The situation, however, is not that hopeless; although you can’t change sand, you can change your approach to it. So here is how to hit out of a sand trap.
What you need
You need a sand bunker, of course, a gold club, any club you want (wood, iron) and a ball. This practice, unlike some other, can’t really be done without a ball. To learn how to avoid stuffing your ball into a sand trap will best be learned with a practice that involves a ball. Imaginary balls work for some exercises, but this one will be pretty futile if you don’t bring your ball along with the other equipment.
First step – knowing what you are up against
Even though you can imagine why playing in the sand is so difficult or perhaps you know it is because you’ve tried it, that imagination or even experience doesn’t automatically give you all the answers unless you have worked through them. In other words, you really have to understand the dynamics which takes place between your golf club, your ball, and the sand to really work out a solution on how to avoid sand traps. The basic thing you need to know is that you are hitting the ball, you are hitting the sand first, which in turn hits the ball. You can’t really avoid that; a sand will hit the ball no matter what you do. But you can reduce the amount of sand that will hit the ball because if you don’t, you will risk your ball staying in a sand trap. So read on to learn how to do that.
Second step – Reducing The Amount of Sand While Hitting The Ball
The more sand you pick up while hitting the ball, the less distance the ball is gonna cross. Not only that; if you hit too much of a sand, the ball will get caught up in it and it won’t go any further from the position it’s in. So the point is to try to reduce the amount of sand and make more contact between your club and the ball. It doesn’t really matter which club you use – it can be an iron or a wood club, although the iron is better because it’s much easier to do splashes with it, which is your goal. Reducing the amount of sand is just a part of the story. In order for a ball not to get trapped in the sand, the basic idea is to pick it up from it. You reduce the amount of sand you hit that way, and this makes your ball go wherever you want it to go. So, again, you reduce the sand amount by picking the ball from the sand.
Third step – Adjust Your Stance
Since you have to really work more to elevate the ball from the sand than you would normally do while playing in the grass, you will have to widen your stance a little bit. That will give you a much firmer base from which you will be able to do stronger strokes and elevate the ball more easily this way. Make sure your stance is not too wide, as that will cause the opposite effect you want – in order to improve your hitting power, you will be compelled to bend your knees, but this will make you lose the precision of the hit.
Fourth step – Keep More Weight on Your Front Leg
If you do the opposite, you won’t be able to splash the ball and you might cause the all to stay in its place, burying it in sand. When you place more weight on your front leg, you will be able to execute that splash which will make your ball go away from the sand instead of in it. You can lean forward a little bit on your front leg to feel the weight on it.
Fifth step – Keep Your Wrists Firm
Since you are dealing with the sand, your won’t be able to lean only on a tight grip; your wrists have to be firm as well. That makes your movement more firm and focused, making the ball go faster and out of the sand trap. This step, along with the others, will make keep your club on a shallow path, making the ball go shallow as well.
If you practice these three very simple steps, having learned what you are dealing with first, you should be able to get the ball out of the trap. It will make your game more smooth and you will feel like you got the most out of a stickier situation.
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