Wednesday 21 February 2018

Video golfing lesson: How to get more consistency and play better bunker shots

Barry Massey

Ending up in a green-side bunker doesn't cost the top professionals a second thought. Sure, they're annoyed they've missed the green, but they are always confident of getting up-and-down.

However, when it happens to a club player, they immediately think it's a shot dropped. Karl Holmes, PGA professional at Greystones Golf Club, has some tips to give the club player belief in their bunker play

Wrist hinge action on your back swing and follow through are important
Wrist hinge action on your back swing and follow through are important

"Most amateurs try to help the ball out of the trap by leaning backwards. This leads to inconsistencies in the ball strike and therefore more dropped shots. You will either blade the ball through the green or leave it in the bunker," he says.

"The first thing you should do when you address the ball in the trap is tilt your spine to the left to put more weight on your front foot.

"Secondly, you have to ensure you get wrist hinge on the back swing and again on the follow through. This will give you the feel of the club head working through the sand correctly.

"A simple drill you can practise is to put your golf glove under your left armpit and practise that wrist hinge swing back and forward. Make sure your glove stays under your armpit throughout the swing.

Put a glove under your front armpit and tilt your weight on to front foot
Put a glove under your front armpit and tilt your weight on to front foot

"When you play the shot, make sure you accelerate through the ball.

"Try it at your practice ground. I think this is a drill that will help you fix those bunker blues."

Watch the video lesson on independent.ie

Get your hinge action on follow through for a more consistent strike
Get your hinge action on follow through for a more consistent strike

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