Splash in the Sand to Improve Your Bunker Play

Cleanly getting out of a sand trap can be tricky, and many golfers consistently struggle to hit solid shots from a bunker. However, with some slight tweaks, you can improve your bunker shot and move beyond the sand. The key is having the right perspectives and choosing the right club for the job.

Avoid the Standard Approach

Golfers will frequently hit two inches behind the ball and then slam the sand so it explodes. While this technique may be common, that doesn’t make it the best option. Doing so can cause you to tense your hands and cause you to bury your club in the sand—making you either blade your ball over the green or leave it in the bunker.

Correct Your Approach

  1. Disregard the sand for a moment and envision your normal, full swing and stance.
  2. Choose your club by the length of your bunker shot, which could be anything from a 60-degree wedge to a 9-iron. Two factors will affect this choice: your distance from the pin and how much green you have ahead.
  3. Focus on trying to “splash” your club into the sand, rather than explode or hit it. Control your hand’s sense of feel and maintain constant pressure, and aim to create a splash divot of 6 to 8 inches and roughly ½-inch deep.

Note: Using the same swing technique, you’ll want to use less lofted clubs for longer bunker shots, and swing softer for harder sand.

Tip courtesy of Randy Chang | Golf Tips Magazine[i]

[i] https://www.golftipsmag.com/instruction/short-game/better-bunker-play-splash