How To Make A Great Splash Bunker Shot In Golf
That spray of sand we’ve all seen professionals make on TV leaves us wondering how they knew where the ball would end up. Splashing the sand is something a child could do, but doing it in such a way that the ball is propelled out successfully, takes practice. For your practice sessions, here are the aspects of this shot that you should learn.
Don’t hold back
Consider the resistance of the sand when making a splash bunker shot. You’ll have to compensate for that with lots of power. Your club can handle the push; it just takes a bit of strength to make it happen. Don’t be afraid of doubling or even tripling the power of your shot, as the sand will provide loads of resistance.
Let your feet make peace with the incline
If your bunker shot is on a slope, make sure that your feet are positioned according to that slope—and not counteracting it. In other words, if you have to stand on the slope to make the shot, don’t try and keep your body straight. Stand at a slant if you have to in order to gain a better view and feel of how to make the shot.
Let the sand be the extension of your swing
Ultimately it’s the sand that will work to push the ball out. That’s why it is important to view the sand as the agent which will be influenced by your clubface hitting it. When you view your shot from this perspective, it becomes easier to know how and where to hit in order to splash the sand and get the ball out.
Rather over compensate
It’s always better to hit too hard as opposed to hitting too soft and landing the ball back into the bunker. Hard shots that travel slightly too far are easier to fix than ones that don’t go far enough. You main objective when making a splash bunker shot in golf is to get the ball out. Anything after that can be addressed later on.
Can you use an iron?
While some players have been known to use their irons in the bunker, as an amateur, rather stick to your sand wedge to make this shot. It is possible to use an iron, but this is only a good idea in very specific situations. It also requires a whole new set of methods to get right, so for now, stick with what you know.