How many times have you heard it said that the sand bunker shot is one of the easiest shots in golf. Heck, you don’t even have to hit the ball. Well if it’s so easy, why do we always cringe when our approach shot invariably finds the bunker? The truth is most of us are just not that good at escaping from the bunker. How many guys or gals do you know that confidently step into the bunker and easily float the ball onto the green in a nice cloud of sand?
Like most of us, I’ve had a bunch of lessons and watched a lot of Youtubes on getting out of the bunker; but this lesson by PGA professional Mike Dero is the one that did it for me. I am much better at getting out of the bunker than I have ever been – getting it to land close may be a lesson for another time. As you watch this video, I would suggest that you pay particular attention to the two points that made the difference for me:
1) Unlike the pros you see on TV with the blade wide open, only slightly open your club face. For me, a wide open club face didn’t bounce because I had to swing that much harder to carry the ball – instead it tended to dig.
2) Make sure, when you finish your swing, you have shifted your weight to the left side – Mike Dero calls it posting. Flat lie, uphill lie or downhill lie – always find a way to post around to that left side. Lefties post to your right side. This is probably the most important point.
One thing not in the video that helps me follow through, is to pull the club with the left arm rather plow through with the right.