Play - Impact
When hitting a ball from a green side
bunker it is important to understand the physics of
the shot. First of all remember your target is not the
ball itself but rather the sand a selected distance
behind the ball. The ensures that the following occurs.
Club hits sand - Sand hits ball - ball leaves bunker.
Given the foregoing, when lining up the
bunker shot it is good practice to address the sand
rather than the ball itself. This ensures proper aim
at the impact point. As well, it helps keep the body
and shoulders lined up with the target line rather than
to the left which can occur as a golfer address a ball
which is forward in the stance.
When swinging, you can alter the distance
of the shot by taking more or less sand. Just remember
to force the swing to continue to a full
finish position to ensure no deceleration