One of the most frustrating things you may encounter while playing a round is the difference in the sand on the golf course. You may hit out of one bunker that has soft and loose sand, then play out of another that has compacted sand. Getting out of the bunker in either instance is going to require a different type of shot. What we want to do today is help you get out of the sand in one and as close to the pin as possible when hitting from hard sand in the bunker.
Take a look at this lie below. Not only are you hitting out of hard sand, but you are also partially buried. There are three things that could potentially happen in this case.
- You leave it in the bunker
- You hit the top of the ball and send it over the head of your playing partners
- You knock it on the green.
Lets focus on keeping high numbers off of the card and knocking it close to the pin.
Sometimes after a period of rain, the sand in the bunkers may become hard, so that is it difficult to slide your sand wedge under the ball, as you normally do. If you try a standard bunker shot, the sole of the wedge will bounce into the ball and send it flying over the green. The best way to handle this type of sand is to use a pitching wedge and square up the face so that the club will not bounce off of the sand. Play the ball back a little in your stance and chip the ball out by striking it first and then let the club enter the sand in front of where the ball was. The ball will come out but might not have much spin, so allow for that extra distance. Although you may have a long putt, it is better than being over the green and pitching or chipping back at the hole.