Coach’s Corner with James Scales, First Assistant golf Professional
One of the toughest aspects of Bunker Shots is returning the club back to the sand consistently through impact. To practice taking the same amount of sand every time when hitting bunker shots, try the “Line Drill.” Draw a line in the bunker and take your normal bunker stance with your weight leaning into your lead (front) foot.
Start making golf swings, moving down the line as you do. Check to see where your club is connecting with the sand after each swing and ask yourself the following questions:
- Are my divots in the sand starting before, on, or after the line?
- Are my divots consistently starting before, on, or after the line?
The club should contact the sand directly on the line and the divot should follow. Make practice swings in the sand until you see yourself consistently connecting with the sand right on the line. When you find yourself hitting the line consistently, place golf balls in the sand about an inch in front of the line and practice hitting bunker shots. Make sure you are still connecting with the sand right on the line.
When practicing this, you should find yourself hitting consistent bunker shots.