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.
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
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By Annika Sorenstam ...
Greenside Bunker Shot
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.
greenside bunker a bunker surrounding, or in close proximity, to the putting surface
Example: The short game includes greenside bunker play.
sand save: A shot played from a greenside bunker then holed out with 1 putt. sand trap: As bunker; A hazard filled with sand.
scorecard: Card in which a player keeps note of score.
scratch: A zero handicap.
For greenside bunker shots, open the clubface and imagine throwing sand with your left arm all the way to the pin. The ball will float out, that's all you have to do. It's the arm swing only, slow and easy, same tempo back, same tempo through.
Your high, soft approach shot falls a little bit short and into a greenside bunker, giving you that sinking feeling. As you reach the bunker, your worst fear is realized: The ball is buried. Don't be dejected.
One of the keys to getting out of greenside bunkers is to keep the clubface "open." When you close the face, you get a lower trajectory and the Golf Club tends to dig in the sand.
Take up a correct greenside bunker 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, greenside bunker.
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.
It's 235 yards from the yellow tees, has wickedly placed greenside bunkers and the putting surface, from the tee at least, looks long and emphatically not wide.
Greenside bunkers 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 greenside bunker, 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 greenside bunkers
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 greenside bunker, 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.
From a good lie on firm sand in a greenside bunker, a putter is often the safest choice, assuming of course that there is no lip to clear. Occasionally, I even use a putter to get the ball out of thick rough around the green.
Term used to describe holing out from a greenside bunker.
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Sand Save: refers to a score where a player has a greenside bunker shot and a one-putt to score a par.
Sandy: When a golfer still makes their par after escaping from a sand hazard.
Hitting from a dry, greenside bunker is difficult because your sand wedge must cut through the sand before you strike the ball.
A ball that stops level with the pin is said to be "pin high". It could be a ball on the green, in a greenside bunker or even off the green, but in relation to where it was hit, the ball stops level with the pin.
A greenside bunker 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.
See also: Bunker, Greenside, Golf, Shot, Rough