Three Steps to Make a Great Bunker Shot from Wet Sand

#3 Play the Ball in the Middle of your Stance

If the ball is too far forward in your stance, you will likely hit the sand before the ball – which is not what you want to do, at least in this case. If you play the ball too far back, the swing will be steep, and you may stick the club too far down into the sand. Do your best to center the ball in your stance for optimal results.

To put it simply, you are going to try to hit the ball cleanly instead of blasting a big patch of sand out of the bunker. This is going to come with its challenges, of course, since there is almost no margin for error on this shot.

If you miss solid contact, even slightly, the ball might not get out of the bunker at all. And, if the lip of the bunker is high, even a well-struck shot may struggle to get up in the air quickly enough to escape.

With all of that said, playing a pitch shot from wet sand is your best bet.

It should go without saying that you will want to practice this shot sufficiently before you try it on the course. If you find yourself at the driving range and you see that they have a practice bunker available, work on this pitch-style shot. Even just a few repetitions from time to time should help you feel more comfortable when this shot comes up on the course.

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