This Drill Teaches You To Escape Bunkers In One
Jul23

This Drill Teaches You To Escape Bunkers In One

Golfers often leave their first shots in the bunker. One reason is their divots. Golfers tend to create divots in the wrong place because they strike the sand way too far in front of the ball. Your clubhead must slide under the ball when blasting one out. If it doesn’t, you’ll leave the ball in the bunker. The coin drill below teaches you to enter the bunker at the right spot: Drop a ball down in a practice bunker. Next, set a quarter...

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3 Golf Tips That Can Save Your Round
Jun04

3 Golf Tips That Can Save Your Round

One shot can save your round. A good example is the round one of the students in our golf lessons group played the other day. She was scuffling pretty badly. Her drives were finding the rough. Her approach shots were missing the greens. And her putts were missing badly. She was completely out of whack and she knew it. But then came the sixth hole. Her approach shot landed in front of the green about 15 yards from the pin, which was...

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How To Beat The Short Side
Feb12

How To Beat The Short Side

Most superintendents try to put holes in fair locations. But other superintendents like to really challenge you. So they put holes in tough locations—like behind two bunkers or in the middle of a valley. But by and large hole locations were generally away from the green’s edge. But this has changed. Supers are moving the holes closer and closer to the green’s edge. They’re probably responding to the latest equipment advances—many of...

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Hitting A Wood From A Fairway Bunker
Dec25

Hitting A Wood From A Fairway Bunker

What do you use to hit out of a fairway bunker? Many golfers use an iron or a hybrid, with more and more golfers these days choosing the hybrid over the iron. Not many golfers would think to use a fairway wood instead. But you can use it to escape a fairway bunker in the right situation. Here are the keys to this shot: 1.  Check out your lie first 2.  Make a full backswing 3.  Keep your feet quiet 4.  Take a shallow divot 5.  Finish...

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Scariest Shot #2: Pitch Over Deep Bunker
Dec25

Scariest Shot #2: Pitch Over Deep Bunker

If you’re like many weekend golfers, you hate hitting from bunkers. So when an approach shot stops short of a bunker, you’re ecstatic. But you still have to pitch over the bunker to save par. And for some that’s a scary shot. Hitting a pitch shot over a bunker intimidates many golfers—especially if the bunker is really deep. Below are six keys to this shot: 1.  Look at the shot from the green 2.  Use a sand wedge or lob wedge 3. ...

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#4 Toughest Shot In Golf
Oct16

#4 Toughest Shot In Golf

Don’t panic if you find yourself with a buried lie in a greenside bunker. The shot is eas-ier to hit than you might think. This lie is called a “fried egg” lie because of the circular splash pattern created around the ball in the sand. When you look at it from the top, it looks like a yolk sitting in the middle of a fried egg. With soft sand behind as well as under the ball, you’ll have to “power” the ball out of the sand to escape in...

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