Greenside Bunker Setup And Clubface Alignment

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  1. NielsTruelsen, 1 year ago

    Paul: This means that the leading edge of the SW is aiming right at the target, but is open at impact because the swing plane out to in when you have the open stance? Thanks

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      The face is open to the path because the club is swinging left of the target. This is typical for most bunker shots. Your plane is not out to in. It is your normal golf swing but the club swings left because you are aimed left. The ball is only going right because the face is open. You are not changing your golf swing.


  2. JackBaitinger, 1 year ago

    Paul, one of the better explanations I’ve seen. At one point you talk about aiming based upon the hours of the clock and then later you talk about aiming x feet to the left. Would I be correct in assuming that if you open the club face to 2 o’clock that your ball flight will be towards 2 o’clock, but you would aim to somewhere between 10 and 11 o’clock just to keep things in the same metaphor?

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Glad you liked the tip. Thanks.

      Yes, you are aiming the body left to compensate for the face being open. So hit some shots and watch your ball. Most people don’t hold the face open enough as they hit the ball. So they aim left and the ball goes left. Go to make sure you are not rolling the wrists more than normal plus you have to make sure the face is open the right amount. Using the lines in the sand is a good way to do it.


  3. JPacheco, 1 year ago

    This is an area of my game where I have a lot of trouble but practising what you teach us in this tip will make my golf life easier. In few words you are suggesting to change the 0,0 point in a coordinates system, this is digging the feet compensates twisting the swing to hit the sand underneath the ball and moving the ball forward compensate hitting the sand 2 or 3 inches behind. At the end of the day, we just need to use our normal swing without any “special” tricks or movements.

    My question is now about the wedge to use. Most of the cases I’ve been said to use 56 deg. but some people stands to use less or more loft depending of the circumstances. Please could you tell us about this? Thanks.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      JP,

      You can use whatever club you are comfortable with. I only use a 56. I just open the face more or less depending on what shot I am trying to hit. You can use a lob wedge if you wish. You are not really using less loft than on a sand wedge unless you are doing a full swing trying to hit a fairway bunker shot.

      So experiment and try a lob wedge if you want. Some people really like hitting it from bunkers. I did not grow up with a lob wedge so I don’t like hitting one.

      The face is open so it slides under the ball and skims the top layer of sand. It should still be open as the ball leaves the face. If the face is open you must aim left to compensate for it. If you aim your body left and the ball goes left you are not keeping the face open through impact you are rolling your wrists too much so you need to keep the face open.


  4. LottaLiljegren, 1 year ago

    Hi Paul!
    I tried to look at this video today but it will not work :( It

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Lotta,

      I get some people telling me this. A lot of the videos are on the Amazon Cloud server so they should be running perfectly. If you are a great distance from their nearest server it may take a while to watch it. I will check in to it.


  5. RickZech, 1 year ago

    Paul,
    I am a true believer! My second shot on a par 5 landed directly behind a tree 100 yards out. Instead of trying to go over the tree (I couldn’t), I purposely shot towards the bunker to the front left of the hole. My partners thought I was crazy. I used your technique and my 4th shot came out of the sand perfectly for a short par putt. There is no better way to get out of a bunker than the Paul Wilson method.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Rick,

      I love hearing stories like this. Bunker shots are so simple. Keep on doing it.


  6. TIMADAMS, 1 year ago

    Paul
    My courses have about 1″ of contruction sand over hardpan.A lot of times my Sw BOUNCES off the hardpan and Skulls the ball low into the face OR over the Green.Any Suggestions?

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Tim,

      I will do a tip on this in the future. For now:

      Square up the face. Aim square. Do not grip down unless you cannot dig your feet in. Feel like you are picking it up more vertical going back. Turn through it as I suggest and feel the club descending. This should pop it out.


  7. RichPeterson, 1 year ago

    Paul,
    Help, I like this technique but when I try it I launch the ball out of the bunker and well beyond the desired landing area. Not sure what I am doing that is causing that. Need some ideas on what not to do here.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Rich,

      This would be like hitting a thin or topped shot on the grass. What would cause this shot? You are coming out of it too soon and/or buckling arms. So keep the arms relaxed, swing easier and stay focused on the ball until you have hit the ball (once hit then look). This will keep the spine angle and allow the arms to stretch out fully so the club is not coming up.


  8. RandyGorman, 1 year ago

    Is the belt buckle line parallel to the left swing line so your belt buckle ends up pointing the 8-10 feet left of the target?

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Randy,

      Yes, your belt buckle will end up left of target.


  9. WadeThames, 1 year ago

    Any advice for deep green side bunkers with a lip? Where you can barely see the green from inside.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Wade,

      You need to open the face more. If the face is open more you need to turn your hips a little faster to generate more power. This way the ball goes up and out not just up. It tricky so do lots of practice.


  10. dominicmacedonia, 1 year ago

    Paul, any adjustment for firm sand?

    Dom

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Dom,

      I think I answered this the other day.

      Hitting from firm sand depends on how firm the sand is. If you cannot dig in at all you then have to pick it off the surface (this is very ticky and takes a lot of practice). If you can dig in a little then do so. Have the face square and aim square. This will allow the club to dig in. If the face is open it will skip off the surface causing you to hit it thin.


  11. RaymondCHASTEL, 1 year ago

    Fine lesson :this is what I call “the orthodox method “of getting out of a sand trap .Should add you must keep most of your weight on the left Foot ,because you tend to pull your weight back when you get in your backswing .Also ,enough Clubhead speed is critical because the sand slows down quickly the clubhead ,so a “generous ” backswing to the very top is necessary

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Raymond,

      Glad you liked it. Yes, you need to hinge the club for power. I see people do a backswing that is too long. This causes hitting with the arms which tightens everything up and slows the club down. Hinge and turn to get the power. It is simple.

  12. HaroldBaldock

    HaroldBaldock, 10 months ago

    The bunkers are very steep at my home club at Asquith. Do you have some tips for very steep faced bunkers?

    Harold


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