Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

PGA National (Champion Course)

Short Game

Greenside Bunkers

April 15, 2016

We hope that 24 hours from now, you’re going to be out of the office and on the golf course. If you’re 100% sure there is nothing wrong with your game, then damn. Good for you. But if you’re like us, you might want a quick little tune-up before you head out there. That’s what our new segment, 24 Hours Til Saturday, is here for. We’re going to cover a different part of your game every week with short and quick tips that you can take out onto the course with you. And hopefully use to take your buddy’s money.

Today’s lesson: Bunker play.

It’s been a long winter. Maybe you’ve taken a few swings in your basement, but chances are, you haven’t been in a bunker in six months. Hitting bunker shots in April is the type of thing nightmares are made of. It could get ugly out there for you. And we don’t want that.

Rick Smith has told us to make sure your stance is a little wide. When you’re making your turn, let your upper body turn as you swing back, but keep your body centered. When you swing back down, hit the sand an inch or two behind the ball, letting the thickest part of the bottom of the club hitting the sand with a nice ‘thud.’ Make sure you’re swinging through the ball, and you should be out of the bunker, looking at an opportunity to make a sandy.

For more bunker tips, check out this video with David Leadbetter: