Why do pros call this the easiest shot in all of golf? Cause they're pro's! Duh!
How many times have you heard a pro say, " Get in the bunker!" as his approach shot nears a greenside bunker? All the time! So why is it such a difficult concept for the amateur to grasp?
Here is the reason: these guys are good and you're not. Not only do they know where the club should make contact, but they can also make contact with the spot they have picked out!
We already know they are world-class ball strikers. So it would stand to reason that they would be good ground strikers as well. There is a little more room for error with the bunker shot as you can hit as far as six inches behind the ball and as close as an inch behind the ball.
Here are a few simple rules to keep in mind when playing out of a greenside bunker:
- Visualize where you would like the ball to land when it comes out of the bunker and begins rolling on the green/fringe, whatever you decide.
- Imagine a line behind the ball, and a spot at least two inches behind the ball where you want the club to strike the ground.
- Set-up with an open stance to your target line.
- Open the face of the club to offset your aim and de-loft the club.
- Swing the club on its normal path. Do NOT take the club outside its normal path; your open stance will take care of that.
- Be sure to finish the swing!
This is an oversimplification. However, for those of you too stubborn to go out and take lessons, keeping these ideas in mind when you play this weekend might just get you out of the bunker in three less strokes than what it currently takes.