What A Good Bunker Shot Feels Like

David Leadbetter's keys to hitting better shots out of fairway bunkers.

Released on 4/21/2016

Transcript

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