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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Difficult Lies - The Downhill Bunker Shot

The Downhill Bunker Shot

This is one of the most difficult shots in golf. You wind up in the trap and your ball is sitting on the downslope. You've got to get the ball up into the air or you'll be hitting your next shot from the sand also. Here's how to play the shot.

1) The Setup - The key is to make sure that your shoulders are aligned to the contour of the ground. This means placing more of your weight on your downhill foot (left foot if you're a right-hander and right foot if you're a left-hander). Next, open up your stance and open up the clubface.

2) The Backswing - Pick the club up abruptly when you start your backswing (don't sweep the club back)and cock your wrists. By bringing the club up fast and cocking your wrists you'll create a steep angle of attack. It also will prevent you from scraping your club along the sand or hitting the lip of the bunker on the backswing.

3) The Downswing - The club must come back to the ball following the contour of the ground. In order to avoid hitting the ball thin make sure that your arms are fully extended and sweep the club underneath the ball at impact. The distance you hit behind the ball is determined by the distance you need the ball to travel. Don't baby this shot. Hit it hard and follow through.

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