What A Good Bunker Shot Feels Like
David Leadbetter's keys to hitting better shots out of fairway bunkers.
Released on 4/21/2016
It's amazing when you watch the tall players
how good they are out of greenside bunkers.
They make it look very very easy.
Now, there are some similarities between
your bunker swing and your regular swing
but there're also some distinct differences
and primarily it's how the right hand, right arm work
in the bunker swing itself in order to release
the club correctly.
You know, the first thing is obviously we're not actually
trying to hit the ball, we're trying to hit the sand.
So, we gotta make sure that the club can glide
through the sand.
We've gotta use the balance of the club, as it's termed,
the back edge of the club.
We don't want the leading edge digging so we've gotta
allow it to glide through.
So, what I've done here is I've filled up a coffee cup
full of sand and this is the image that you wanna have
as I take it back you see there's an opening,
distinct opening and rolling, so I actually let the sand
fall out in this fashion here
and I do the same thing now with my club.
You can see I roll it back here.
You can see how my right forearm is rolling
some people like to feel their left forearm
but I like to feel the right forearm rolling.
So now, I've got the face in a position where I can go ahead
and release it.
The important thing compared to a regular swing is where
we're trying to get the hands leading the club head.
In this instant we're trying to get the club head
to pass the hands.
So, as we swing through I wanna make sure that I'm
looking at the club face.
If I had a little mirror on the club face I'm actually
looking at myself in the mirror.
So, it's very important to understand that release.
So, we roll it back with a little rotation of our body,
we then release it early, keep our lower body nice and solid
and then release the club in such a way that
the club face is never closing.
As soon as you close it you dig and you never want
to dig out of bunkers.
You wanna glide through.
You wanna bounce the club through.
A great exercise for this is to actually swing
with your right hand and right arm only.
It takes a little practice.
Initially, you might just wanna stand there without a ball
and just sort of slap the sand like this
as you'd go through.
And then, see if you can actually hit a few balls doing it
because this will give you the proper feel for the release
and they way that your right hand, right forearm
club face work.
So, set yourself in here.
Roll it open and then let the club release.
(club hitting sand)
So, really focus on the way your right hand
and club face work hitting these bunker shots.
You'd be amazed how you'll improve.