Grooved Golf Swing Series: Groove Your Golf Swing For Longer Bunker Shots

by Bill Maitland - Date: 2006-12-04 - Word Count: 308 Share This!

You can not dig your club in, or feel with your hands as it is against the rules. So, you use your feet.

Dig and shuffle your feet until you are sure about what lies beneath the surface.

Know that the softer or fluffier the sand beneath the surface, the less the club will bounce and it will be harder to get the club head to dig beneath the ball. So for this sand, you will have to hit the ball harder. This means, take the club head back further and swing with the same tempo as usual. The longer back swing will make the club head travel faster.

It is the opposite for firm sand.

The club will bounce more and will also dig more easily.

So, these shots will require less power, and a more gentle shot.

These, of course, are explosive type golf shots.

You will be faced with varying distances to hit your golf ball, from very short to quite long.

You can do two things.

Hit the ball harder - that is swing more forcefully.
Vary the depth of club head beneath the ball.
Or both.

I am a great advocate of having a grooved golf swing where ever possible.

If you can take the same back stroke, and hit the ball with the same power for every shot, you will soon groove your swing, and leave far less room for error.

The club head remains open and the degree it is opened is not varied.

For the longer shots from a bunker, take a minimum amount of sand and just skim the club head beneath the ball. For the shorter shots, take more sand, even up to an inch.

This is why you should practice and see how moving your hands up or down the grip affects the depth the club head digs beneath the ball.

Armed with this knowledge, you will become a far better bunker player.

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Bill Maitland is a thinking, inventive golf guru. He thought out and developed simple techniques and tips which enabled him to lower his handicap from 25 to 18, then from 18 to 15, and finally from 15 to 12. He is a passionate golfer, and delights in helping others with their game should they want his help. To receive a valuable weekly golf tip go to his web site and subscribe to his free Hole In One News Letter. You will be so glad that you did. Author of GOLF TIPS. An e-Book that takes you step by step to being the best golfer that you can possibly be. To learn about his tips and simple techniques and see his book visit Online Golfers Handbook

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