Hi                                                                                          Newsletter: 0015

PLAYING TO YOUR POTENTIAL:

Regardless of whether you are competing, or just playing golf for fun, you’ve come to the right place to learn this great game!

TODAY YOU WILL BE LEARNING THE FOLLOWING:

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SANDPLAY:

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Let’s Help Your Golf Bunker Shot and Lower Your Score Around the Green.
Sand Rule:
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Sand Play:

Definitions: Before we look into the bunker shot, let’s look at two definitions.

Addressing the ball: Addressing  the ball means positioning your feet and grounding the club.

Taking your stance: Taking your stance means simply positioning your feet without grounding the club.

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Taking your stance in the bunker:
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Sand Play:

When executing the golf bunker shot, without touching the sand with your club, place your feet in an open stance. (Turned more to the left as shown)

Position the ball about opposite the left heel to promote hitting the sand behind the ball.

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Now, before placing your hands on your club, make sure the two vertical lines of your club head are pointing to the right of the target.

The letter ”V” will be created with the clubhead open and your feet open.

This set-up provides added loft and backspin and prevents the clubhead from closing and digging in the sand.

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The swing is similar to a normal shot making sure to contact the sand first about 2 inches behind the ball and finish with a full follow throught proportionate to the effort of your swing.

Make sure your club points towards the sky at the end of your swing.
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DRILL:
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Place a circle around the ball as shown in the picture.

This will indicate where to hit the sand behind the ball. The sand will propel the ball out of the bunker. The ball will come out on a cushion of sand which is why you need to swing about twice as hard as for a normal shot.

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DRILL:
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Contacting the sand in the right spot will eliminate the circle in the sand which usually indicates proper execution of the shot.

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Follow Through:
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Long distance bunkers from 50 yards away and longer should be played as if you were on grass where the ball is contacted first. The hazard rule still applies.

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Why practice in the practice bunker?
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Long distance bunkers from 50 yards away and longer should be played as if you were on grass where the ball is contacted first. The hazard rule still applies.

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