Bunker Tips: A Lesson From George Washington

“The bunker shot is the easiest shot in golf. You don’t even have to hit the ball.” – Walter Hagen

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Why do we fear the sand? Is it because the bunker is considered a hazard and we automatically associate hazard with a penalty? Results may vary when we panic. Twenty yards over the green from sculling the shot or two feet in front of us from decelerating the swing. This exercise can help you overcome the fear of hitting the ball into the bunker as well as, hitting it out.

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Before you toss a few balls in to the sand and start practicing, place a dollar bill or a piece of paper the size of a one underneath the ball. The main objective is to hit two inches behind the ball and follow through. By having the dollar bill there as a guide, you now have something to aim for. The goal is to hit the whole dollar out of the bunker. Simply take the club half way back, make contact just behind the dollar bill and continue to swing the club head underneath it until you reach the end of the dollar. Then without hesitation, swing through and get to a high finish.

 

Next time you find yourself in a bunker, don’t be scared. Visualize the dollar bill underneath your golf ball and blast it out of there.

 

Follow me on periscope @markkagaoan and watch my live broadcast Thursday August 27, 2015 at 4:30pm PST for a demonstration on this golf tip. Hope to see you then!