Sand play can be a frustrating thing for any golfer, but for the amateur golfer it is often one of the worst thing that can happen. I have seen players take 6 shots to get out of the bunker with the last attempt flying our over the other side of the green. I have also seen (including myself a couple of years ago) hit the ball skinny out of the bunker only to end up in another bunker on the other side of the green. If you ever wanted to throw a club, this is the time that will test your patience the most. Obviously it is best to stay out of the sand but to improve your golf game, you had better learn to play in there as it will only be a matter of time before you need your sand wedge.


In this short video, Gary Player explains something that is so important to get the ball out of the bunker. Many of you would have heard the phrase, “In golf you hit down and the ball goes up, hit up and the ball goes down.” This is especially true in the bunker. Generally you want to attack the ball from a steepish angle, but don’t try and hit the ball in the air. Your sand wedge has a high loft so let the club do all the work for you. The loft of the club will get the ball up into the air. All you need to do is put your weight on you left foot and hit down on the ball. For those in the United States,¬†Australia is underneath the sand so¬†Gary Player has a saying, “Hit towards Australia.” This gets your mind to hit down and the ball will rise upwards over the lip and onto the green softly.

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