If you try it, the most likely outcome is that the club will bounce off the top of the sand, and the leading edge will hit the middle of the ball. The end result is a shot that comes out low and extremely fast. This shot probably isn’t going to get out of the bunker, and if it does, it is going to likely fly over the green and into trouble on the other side.
So, the first thing you need to do when you find yourself in wet sand in a greenside bunker is eliminate the explosion shot as an option.
You are going to have to find another way out of the trap, as attempting an explosion shot in this situation is just going to do more harm than good.
Making Your Pitch
The key to dealing with wet sand correctly is to think pitch rather than blast. In other words, you are going to use your pitching technique – the same technique that you would use from outside the bunker – to hit the shot. It’s still going to be a difficult shot, but you will at least have a fair chance of success this way.
You probably know already how to play a pitch shot, but the following points should serve as a handy reminder.
#1 Hinge Your Wrists
A large percentage of the power you produce with a pitch shot is going to come from the hinging and unhinging of your wrists. As soon as the club moves back away from the ball, hinge the right wrist back on itself to set the angle. Then, as you swing through, unhinge your wrist to propel the club head into the back of the ball.
#2 Keep Your Head Still
You are going to need to make solid contact in order to pull this shot off successfully. And, to make solid contact, you’ll need to keep your head as stable as possible.
With a steady head position and your eyes focused on the ball, making clean contact is an achievable goal.