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who’s technique do you prefer for bunker shots, mickelson or jason day?


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I’m handsy/wristy, and was taught that way. Thinking about being stiffer with the wrists makes me think I’d dig down more instead of glide under the ball. Mike Bender has an interesting way to teach bunker play. Check it out on Instagram. 

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Whichever one keeps me out of the bunker in the first place 🙂.  I'd say Jason since it is less art and more fundamentals.

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I follow Golf Sidekick's tutorial videos and get very "slappy" with the sand. 

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On 2/25/2021 at 10:17 AM, DiscipleofPenick said:

Here are the 2020 sand save leaders on the PGA. To answer the question, the numbers say copy Day. Of course you could try to copy anybody but you need to practice more than anything else.

Though if you practice right, you won't be in bunkers in the first place. emoji16.png

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I'm surprised that Lefty isn't in the top 10.

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8 minutes ago, tony@CIC said:

I'm surprised that Lefty isn't in the top 10.

Over the last 4 years or so he’s rarely inside the top 100 in strokes gained on the green and is usually around 75th-100 in strokes gained around the green. 

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On 2/25/2021 at 11:28 AM, DaveP043 said:

But clubhead speed and controlled entry are the keys.

This is my issue and the reason why I've always looked to JDay as a technique to copy out of bunkers. I've got a long way to go however...

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3 hours ago, tony@CIC said:

I'm surprised that Lefty isn't in the top 10.

Mickelson's stats don't seem to support mirroring any parts of his short game, at least recently... Maybe he had some good years back around 2010. The highlight reel flop shots seem to attract more attention and validation of his approach than his performance would justify.

Off topic: Watching him grip the putter regular and switch back and forth to claw at address is not something you would teach... 

I would lean towards guys like Day, Baddeley or Snedeker and Denny McCarthy on the putting side, who have stats supporting what they're doing. It doesn't take too many skulls over the green with a 60 deg to be losing strokes around the green. 

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On 2/25/2021 at 7:17 AM, DiscipleofPenick said:

Here are the 2020 sand save leaders on the PGA. To answer the question, the numbers say copy Day. Of course you could try to copy anybody but you need to practice more than anything else.

Though if you practice right, you won't be in bunkers in the first place. emoji16.png

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Jason Day is very, very good, but picking one year and making that conclusion is a bit much. I'll bet that over the average of their careers in their primes, they were quite close in their average place in the tour stats for sand saves. 🙂

I play more hybrids than irons. By a lot.

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I have a feeling that any of the pro techniques will work fine, if you spend enough time practicing them.  I know every one of those guys is better from the bunkers than I am.

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