Stop Leaving the Ball In the Bunker

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

18 Responses to “Stop Leaving the Ball In the Bunker”

  1. February 6, 2013

    CraigSmith

    Hi Paul,
    With that turn/uncoil in the bunker shot how do you control distance? Backswing? Tempo? Loft?

    Thank you!

    • February 6, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Craig,

      I will do a tip on this in the future but you open/closed the face, dig in shallower/deeper or turn the body faster or slower or a combination of these things.

  2. February 6, 2013

    GaryBrace

    Paul,
    Great tip on how to get out of a green side bunker. Can you help with fairway bunker shots?

    Thanks,
    Gary Brace

  3. February 6, 2013

    JPacheco

    Hi Paul, same as Craig mentioned, how do you control distance? So many times I take out the ball from the bunker and it goes beyond the green or even worse, to another bunker. Thanks.

    • February 6, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      I will do a tip on this in the future but you open/closed the face, dig in shallower/deeper or turn the body faster or slower or a combination of these things.

  4. February 6, 2013

    JimChristian

    HiPaul, As usual, another great tip. Two areas I’d like to see you address:
    1. What adjustments are needed if the ball is way below or above your feet when you take your stance in the bunker?
    2. Recommendations when in moist sand and heavy, thick sand greenside bunkers?
    Many thanks,
    Jim Christian

    • February 7, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Jim,

      I am going to do tips on both of these.

      1. Ball below or above feet you are flexing the knees or unflexing the knees. You are gripping down on the club or gripping up on the club. All of these things are to get you as level as you can with the ball. As you can see there is too much info for me to describe. I can show this better in tips.

      2. I will do a tip on this too in the future but mainly you will be hitting the ball from think heavy sand with a square face. This means you will not be aiming left of the target. Stay square. Dig in. Do the normal bunker technique.

  5. February 7, 2013

    DavidWeinstein

    Thanks Paul. When I do that I find myself hitting the ball, no sand, sending it far away. I realize that I must be sliding forward rather than turning my hips. How to correct that?

    Thanks

    Davidw

    • February 7, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      David,

      Just as I said in the tip you need to turn. If you are sliding you are not turning. So put the line in the sand and match your belt buckle with it. The only way you can do this is if you are turning. So dig in. Relax the arms. Do the hinge turn bunker technique while watching the ball.

  6. February 7, 2013

    PaulLucas

    Interesting one, I dream of light fluffy sand, our bunkers wet and heavy sand your lucky to get down an inch. Any tips for these?

    • February 7, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Paul,

      Square up the face. Aim square. Feel like you are picking it up more vertical going back if you want. Turn through it as I suggest. This should pop it out. I will be doing a tip on this in the future.

  7. March 31, 2016

    johnhoyle

    Greetings Coach. A question unrelated to todays tip if I may. I played 18 holes today and whenever I do during the first nine my concentration is mostly good but on the second nine it starts to fade.Do you recommend anything to eat or drink at the turn to keep up the level? PS I hope beer fits in there somewhere—– just hoping mind you —-for the other guys. THANKS COACH

    • John,A long time ago ,I played with a Physician and told him that on the back nine I badly needed a “schnaps” to keep my game going .
      He advised me to drink a Coke instead .So when I play I take sips of Coke all along the way and don’t experience the dreaded “hypoglycemia “!
      Try it ,it works !

    • March 31, 2016

      Paul Wilson

      John,

      But why are you losing focus? Are you hungry or you are just not thinking of the right things? Bored? Playing bad?

      No beer. Sorry. That will lose you more focus. Hey, maybe that’s the problem.

      Right now you should be trying to switch to body versus arms on the course. To do this you would be swinging nice and easy trying to coil and hinge going back and touch the legs and touch the head in the follow through holding it and checking it to make sure it is perfect. There are a few things you can be thinking about. I would be doing a couple practice swings thinking about them before every shot. Then when you hit the ball you try to do them exactly the same. This should get you focusing on something.

  8. March 31, 2016

    CraigDraper

    Paul

    HAHA I wish my home course here in Norfolk UK had dusty sand like that in the bunkers…. Anything I need to change in wet heavy sand?

    Cheers Craig

  9. A very useful lesson ,Paul :too many players try to “muscle “the ball out of the sand with their arms only .This is another “Powerless arms “shot .
    Turning the upper body towards the line aligned with the feet is an excellent reminder of how to play the shot .I also find that having a slow swing with a good tempo ,one to one is essential :just look at the pro’s getting out of the sand traps close to the greens :it’s a rythmic slow swing .

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