Greenside Bunker Basics: High Lip Escape, Golf Tip
Different golf courses feature different styles of bunkers. For instance, the sand in some bunkers takes on a concave or bowl shape; the ball will often funnel to the bottom, or hang up on the tilted face.
The greenside bunker can often be one of the most feared shots in golf. And I understand because in most cases you need to take quite a large swing for a relatively small distance. And we all know, the larger the swing, the greater the chance for error.
First off, let's look at greenside bunkers (Fig 1). It is a simple photograph but it illustrates our need to first work out where we have landed our ball and its lie in the sand. On this occasion life is not too hard, lots of green to play with and the ball is not buried.
Greenside bunker shots: Using the sand to your advantage
When most golfers see their ball flying toward a greenside bunker they begin to panic. Why? Because the greenside bunker shot is one of the most intimidating shots for most amateur players.
In greenside bunkers, keep your lower body stable
Photo: J.D. Cuban
By Annika Sorenstam ...
To hit a short bunker shot, it's not always necessary to dig deep into the sand and make an overly aggressive and steep swing. If you set up correctly, the shot becomes a lot easier. Start with a narrow stance and an open clubface, then place the ball forward in your stance.
~ a bunker surrounding, or in close proximity, to the putting surface
Example: The short game includes ~ play.
putting, chipping, pitching, ~ shots, etc.) short grass another phrase for the fairway shot 1. a stroke in golf and its result (assumes contact with the ball)
2. the act (past tense) of playing a stroke
Your high, soft approach shot falls a little bit short and into a ~, giving you that sinking feeling. As you reach the bunker, your worst fear is realized: The ball is buried. Don't be dejected.
Take up a correct ~ stance i.e. open to the target, and open up the clubface (make sure you open the clubface and THEN take your grip - opening the face while already gripping the club achieves nothing).
For example, ~.
grip-- The top part of a golf club at the opposite end from the clubface where the golfer holds the club. Golf grips are typically covered in leather or another synthetic material. Also, the way in which a golfer actually holds or "grips" a golf club.
It's 235 yards from the yellow tees, has wickedly placed ~s and the putting surface, from the tee at least, looks long and emphatically not wide.
~s are designed to collect wayward approach shots on long holes and tee shots on par 3 holes; they are located near and around the green.
Next time you find yourself in a ~, instead of opening up your set-up, try squaring your feet and shoulders to the target line.
Then, take a normal swing, concentrating on maintaining a smooth tempo from start to finish.
- Three keys to successful sand play from ~s
Read With: Point of Entry Drill for sand shots
And: Adjusting to different sand conditions
Video: Bunker basics (includes plugged lie and fairway bunkers) ...
Double Sandy : When one plays an approach shot from a fairway bunker into a ~, then holes the ball in two from there (3 total strokes from the fairway bunker) Example: She made par on the sixteenth hole with a double sandy.
In the British Open I use it often, bumping the ball down the hard, sparse fairways and up onto the greens. From a good lie on firm sand in a ~, a putter is often the safest choice, assuming of course that there is no lip to clear.
Sand Save: refers to a score where a player has a ~ shot and a one-putt to score a par.
Sandy: When a golfer still makes their par after escaping from a sand hazard.
A ball that stops level with the pin is said to be "pin high". It could be a ball on the green, in a ~ or even off the green, but in relation to where it was hit, the ball stops level with the pin.
Lofted shot to a green with little run at the end of its flight ...
Hitting from a dry, ~ is difficult because your sand wedge must cut through the sand before you strike the ball. In his book, "My 55 Ways to Lower Your Golf Score," Nicklaus notes that your clubhead is more likely to bounce off of soggy sand, so you can strike the ball more cleanly.
Recovery: Fairway bunkers, high shot over trees, low shot under trees, behind a tree or shrub, next to a tree or shrub--and that's before thinking about intentional hooks and slices to get out of trouble.
Short game: ~s (short and long shots), long pitches, bump and run, ...
A ~ shot can vary from 5 to 50 yards or more. Always follow through and finish high. For a buried lie, square or slightly close the face so you can dig down to get the ball.
To learn to control distance by varying swing length. Swing speed is always the same.
The graphite shaft is also invented. In 1974, the World Golf Hall of Fame is opened in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Tom Weiskopf strikes a 420-yard drive in the ~ on the 10th hole at Augusta National-the longest drive in Masters history.
See also: What is the meaning of Bunker, Greenside, Golf, Swing, Shot?