Sand Play - The 'Fried Egg'
There is nothing like adding insult to
injury. Walking up to a sand trap and peering over the
lip only to find your ball has buried itself in the
sand. After having already hit a shot with which you're
not happy this can be likened to being kicked while
you're down or like being cheated by the golfing gods.
Fear not golfing friends, if you know
how to hit the shot you'll not feel cheated any longer.
The problem with a buried ball or "fried
egg" is getting the club under the ball enough
to lift the ball from the bunker. Now, under normal
circumstances a golfer would keep the face of the club
square or slightly open during a sand shot. This allows
the club to bounce off the sand rather than digging
in to far. However, during the buried sand shot, you
need your golf club to dig into the sand much more than
normal in order to get the club face underneath the
By slightly closing the club face you
can encourage the club to dig under the ball and thus
more easily lift the ball from the trap. You must also
remember to swing harder at the sand when making this
shot because you will need to displace more sand than
normal as the club digs under the ball.
Finally, make sure to produce a full follow
through. This is the most important aspect of any sand
shot. It helps your swing maintain its momentum as it
passes under the ball and lifts it into the air and,
hopefully, onto the green.