A Brief Tutorial On How To Hit A Great Short Bunker Shot
For each and every golf shot, there are hundreds of theories and tutorials that claim to offer the best advice on how to master the stroke. The same is true even in case of short bunker shots. You’ll find plenty of tutorials, but to execute a great short bunker shot that makes the ball go high, travel short, and land soft, all you have to do is control two variables – the attack angle and the clubface angle. The attack angle is nothing but the path the club head is travelling at the point of impact with the ball. Whereas, the clubface angle is the amount of upward inclination offered to the ball at impact. Here we’ll provide tips on how to control these two variables.
- The lie of the ball and the green near the bunker are just a few feet apart; this calls for a short bunker stroke with high loft and soft landing. One way to achieve this is to open the clubface so the grooves on the club are pointing towards the sky. This way the stoke will have a high loft angle, that make the ball stay longer in the air, but without taking it too far. Having a light grip will also help with the initial loft angle.
- The gap between the feet must be shoulder length wide, and the ball position a little forward of center. Turn the clubface in the direction of the target. If the lie is on an upward facing slope, lean the body away from the target.
- Though the target is not far, it’s important your upper body turns with some speed, so that at the end of the follow through the hands are near the waist. This rushing of the torso is needed because with high loft angle at impact and the resistance that the clubface experiences moving through the sand and the ball, to make the ball even travel the necessary short distance you need momentum on the swing. At the end of the swing the clubface must be pointing behind you; it’s an indication that the clubface hasn’t changed its angle and that it was same throughout the swing.
- To get the short bunker shot right, your aim must be to hit the sand an inch behind the ball. When the clubface enters the sand, let the club move with the hands still and locked in position. This’ll allow the clubface to zip through the sand that’s below the ball.