At the start of the year I wrote an article entitled ‘How to hit bunker shots higher’.
The emphasis of this article was on what happens with the clubface when impacting the ball. Since then I have had a couple of readers asking me what they need to look out for in the fuller swing to check to see if the clubface is still open throughout the rest of the backswing and throughswing.
To recap the previous article, the clubface needs to be open so that it points towards the sky. Place some blue-tac onto a tee peg and attach the tee to the clubface. Now take some practice swings, only swinging the club two feet back from the ball and two feet past the ball. You can see how the club face keeps flat and the tee peg continues to point to the sky. This keeps the clubface open and maintains maximum loft on the clubface.
Now to look at keeping the clubface open throughout the swing. The tee peg should be pointing at the right shoulder as you swing further back (right hand golfer). Once you have followed through the tee peg should point to the left shoulder (right hand golfer).
Make a point of looking to make sure the tee peg points to these positions in the practice swing. This will then give you the feeling of how you should swing. Take these feelings you have gained when going to strike the ball.
Now you are able to check the whole swing to make sure you have created maximum loft on the clubface to help get the ball over the steep bunker bank.
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