Escaping the Bunkers: 5 Ball Position Tips

Make the most out of bunkers

Many a times in golf, we come across this term, bunkers. So, what is a bunker? Also called sand traps, bunkers are a type of man-made hazard in a golf course. They are shallow pits of sand, with raised barriers or lips. It is more difficult to take out the ball from a bunker than from grass. It requires expert precision to play a bunker shot. Some golfers dread this shot, but it is not as difficult as it is thought to be. Try these ball positions when you face a bunker:

In the center of stance

Widen your stance greater than normal. Lean a bit into the lead leg, and dig the feet into the sand. This position will help you restrict the turn of the body, minimize the action of the legs and secure the footing. Place the ball in the middle of your stance. Your hands should be somewhat ahead of the ball. Pressurize the club from 1/4th to ½ inch. Take a 3/4th back swing. Make a forward swing and lift the ball away.

Back in the stance

Dig down slightly on the club. Position the ball back in the stance. Make a wider stance and do not move the lower part of your body. This position will result in a shallow swing. Do not hit the ball with tremendous pressure. Hit it smoothly with an easy swing.

Forward in the stance

As you do in a bunker located in a greenside, make a solid base for your feet by digging them into the sand. Position the ball forward in the stance with a width similar to that of the ball inside the left heel. This position will give a shallow angle to the club to attack the ball and give it a high flight initially.

Up in the stance

At this position, the shaft of the club should be either vertical or leaned back a little. Your body weight should lean on your front side. Your sternum or breastbone should be in front of the ball or in line with it. Now, hit the ball from a distance of 1 to 4 inches behind with a large swing.

Step closer to the ball

Position the ball in the middle of your stance and stand closer to it. Basically, you have to lower the angle of your approach and touch the ball first with the club. Focus on the front side of the ball, and not on its back. Now, hit down on the ball, making a contact with the ball first. Your club should touch the sand afterwards.

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