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Golf Tip of the Fortnight
Playing from a buried lie in a bunker is much tougher (usually) than from a decent lie because the ball's behavior is much less controllable with all that sand around it. Here are some
general suggestions to get you started, though.
- Use a wedge with very little bounce and square the blade, rather than opening it, so it will dig quickly rather than bounce
- Situate your body so that the club's angle of
approach into the sand is steep (e.g., on level ground move your weight and lean your spine forward toward the target a bit
- Come as close to the ball as possible, still making sure the club's blade gets under the ball
Practice suggestion: A great way to get a feel for this shot is to see how softly you can swing and still get the ball out of the bunker (the more accurately you enter the sand the less forcefully you need to swing)
Of course, there are lots of variations and subtleties that only time and experience can teach you. But give these things a try for starters.
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