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2 hours ago, robertson153 said:


There is one bunker at my home course that I putt out of, depending on pin location. Can only do it if they haven’t been raked for a few days and become hard.


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Yeah, we have a few that are like that as well.  There's no shame in my game.  I'd rather look stupid by putting and getting on the green than look stupid by blading one 40 yards over the green.

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On 1/11/2019 at 9:34 AM, fixyurdivot said:

I've been experimenting with using my 8i to chip from shallower face traps.  One of the guys I play with does this frequently and with good results.  Anyone else use a club besides a SW? 

Oh yeah! If it's really shallow / no lip and really close to the green - try the putter!

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1 hour ago, cksurfdude said:

Oh yeah! If it's really shallow / no lip and really close to the green - try the putter!

We played Yuma Country Club today for the first time and their sand is powder compared to the other course in the immediate area. One in our group did putt from a bunker today, and nearly holed out from 30+ ft.  It's rare that I choose to try this approach, but beginning to think about trying it when the situation presents itself.

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On 10/27/2018 at 5:23 PM, fixyurdivot said:

Do bunker shots strike fear in your game? 

Yeah..... This aspect of the game is still my nemesis and the weakest part. The taller and steeper, and closer, the lip is the worse I get. I know it's all mental but i just don't - yet - have that shot on command...

Trying to stimulate bunker practice in the garage by figuring out how to elevate the ball quickly. Still very low percentage of "makes". Gonna have to work on this with my instructor!

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59 minutes ago, cksurfdude said:

Yeah..... This aspect of the game is still my nemesis and the weakest part. The taller and steeper, and closer, the lip is the worse I get. I know it's all mental but i just don't - yet - have that shot on command...

Trying to stimulate bunker practice in the garage by figuring out how to elevate the ball quickly. Still very low percentage of "makes". Gonna have to work on this with my instructor!

Club face to the sky...Swing faster.  😉

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10 hours ago, Kenny B said:

Club face to the sky...Swing faster.  😉

You left out "hit behind the ball"... all of which are what we're generally trying not to do on other shots 😬.

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12 hours ago, Kenny B said:

Club face to the sky...Swing faster.  😉

I'm finding through my trial and error experimentation - subject to review with my instructor! - that a "feel" that seems to be effective for me is like snapping the right hand (for a RH'er) through faster and "under" (the left) at impact. 

I guess this adds a touch of extra clubhead speed at just the right time along with holding the face open.

Work in progress........

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On 10/27/2018 at 6:37 PM, Rusty1885 said:

I may have stumbled onto a drill to help out beginners, usually they like to take a long back swing and slam it to the ball and stop, same happened to my niece, I told her to reverse it. Take a backswing about hip high then finish at the shoulder height.

THANK YOU!!!!! 👍

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1 hour ago, fixyurdivot said:

You left out "hit behind the ball"... all of which are what we're generally trying not to do on other shots 😬.

Yep yet another mental hurdle to overcome (vs swatting *at* the ball)!

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2 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

You left out "hit behind the ball"... all of which are what we're generally trying not to do on other shots 😬.

So, when in the sand... "hit behind the ball"?  Now that I figured that out, guess what I do in a fairway bunker?!  Arrrgh!  🙄

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I love bunker shots and it is a strong part of my game. Then again I hit about 50 of varying length at every practice session.


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1 minute ago, Jmikecpa said:

I love bunker shots and it is a strong part of my game. Then again I hit about 50 of varying length at every practice session.

Nice! That's a big thing I'm missing - good short game practice areas. There's a club not too far from me that offers "Practice Only" seasonal memberships ... gonna go take a look...

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Nice! That's a big thing I'm missing - good short game practice areas. There's a club not too far from me that offers "Practice Only" seasonal memberships ... gonna go take a look...


We have two nice practice greens and a practice bunker on the side of the range. Nice pet is you can hit short, medium or long bunker shots as well as practice fairway bunker shots.


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I had a two today in green side bunkers that demanded a bit longer than normal shot.  The sand was more typical (fluffy) than a couple of other courses and I used my SW. Both came out nicely, but short.  This continues to be a challenge for me.  Time to head back to YT and look for a good instruction video on adding distance.

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I have trouble with bunkers when Florida transitions it’s sand. That time is just about past now though - I really need to pick up a super high bounce sand wedge for this two month period.

 

Don’t want to give up my 60 as is at least while I’m at Bayou. Need that loft around the greens. And I don’t hit it in bunkers that often.

 

 

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I have trouble with bunkers when Florida transitions it’s sand. That time is just about past now though - I really need to pick up a super high bounce sand wedge for this two month period.
 
Don’t want to give up my 60 as is at least while I’m at Bayou. Need that loft around the greens. And I don’t hit it in bunkers that often.
 
 
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I've never heard of a sand transition period down there. Can you explain what takes place? Do they just add new fill?

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I had a two today in green side bunkers that demanded a bit longer than normal shot.  The sand was more typical (fluffy) than a couple of other courses and I used my SW. Both came out nicely, but short.  This continues to be a challenge for me.  Time to head back to YT and look for a good instruction video on adding distance.


What club did you use and was the face square or open?
I keep the face square for long bunker shots, half open for medium, and fully open for short. For longer than my sand wedge shot I pick a longer club


I fine tuned my approach after watching the skill code series with Cameron McCormick; they show it on the golf channel periodically.
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10 hours ago, revkev said:

I have trouble with bunkers when Florida transitions it’s sand. That time is just about past now though - I really need to pick up a super high bounce sand wedge for this two month period.

 

Don’t want to give up my 60 as is at least while I’m at Bayou. Need that loft around the greens. And I don’t hit it in bunkers that often.

 

 

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I went through a stretch where every bunker shot came out, and even when they weren't perfect, they were pretty good.  Then, as you saw, that went to pieces.  I'd love to blame it on the sand, but I'm not so sure.....

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40 minutes ago, cnosil said:

 


What club did you use and was the face square or open?
I keep the face square for long bunker shots, half open for medium, and fully open for short. For longer than my sand wedge shot I pick a longer club


I fine tuned my approach after watching the skill code series with Cameron McCormick; they show it on the golf channel periodically.

 

Both shots were green side bunkers, but large greens with the flag in the back (~40+ feet).  I used my SW for both. My main focus is to just get out and onto the putting surface - not leave in the bunker or gut and send flying. I'm doing pretty good at not committing those goofs, but I really don't feel like I have much control on distance. 

As I mentioned in the opening thread, it's been hard finding a place to practice and experiment with bunker play.  There is a course here in Yuma that has a practice area that includes a bunker, but it's part of a chipping green and gets lots of use.  I wish more courses had better opportunities to practice bunker shots.

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1 hour ago, fixyurdivot said:

Both shots were green side bunkers, but large greens with the flag in the back (~40+ feet).  I used my SW for both. My main focus is to just get out and onto the putting surface - not leave in the bunker or gut and send flying. I'm doing pretty good at not committing those goofs, but I really don't feel like I have much control on distance. 

As I mentioned in the opening thread, it's been hard finding a place to practice and experiment with bunker play.  There is a course here in Yuma that has a practice area that includes a bunker, but it's part of a chipping green and gets lots of use.  I wish more courses had better opportunities to practice bunker shots.

If you are faced with a similar shot again, play it with exactly the same setup and swing, but use a 9 iron. It will make the ball go farther and run more, but won't change any of the key fundamentals you have in place.

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