2 Minutes Tips: Continued
Hybrids From Sand
Groove Good Habits
Stack, Squat, Swivel
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The Buried-Lie Chip
If you're not doing that, you're probably compensating during the stroke. With the ball too far forward, your tendency will be to miss left; too far back, and you'll miss right.
How To Stop Chunks
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Get To The Bottom
Square Up Your Sand Shots
You've probably been told to play bunker shots with an open stance and to make an out-to-in swing to hit a soft, high spinner. But you don't have to make those awkward adjustments to hit this shot. An easier way is to address the ball as you normally would, with your body aligned to the target.
Grip your wedge with an open face, play the ball just forward of center in your stance, and then swing on the same path as you would on a normal shot (left). The only difference is, you should allow your arms to fold up close to your body as you swing back and through. By keeping your arms closer to your body, you narrow your swing arc and steepen your angle of attack. That ensures a consistent bottom to your strike and creates the backspin you need.
Many golfers have been told to keep the right elbow close to the body as they swing to ensure that the club comes into the ball from inside the target line. You do want to approach the ball from the inside, but folding the elbow quickly can get the club too far inside (inset). From there, to hit the ball, you'll have no choice but to re-route your swing to get the club back on line, commonly known as coming over the top.
Instead of keeping your right elbow tucked, allow your right arm to move away from your side going back (left), and try to keep your elbows close to each other at the top of the backswing. Your right elbow should feel lower than your left, and your swing arc will feel much wider. This will allow you to swing down from the inside and with more width--two keys to power and consistency.