The Short Shot Over Sand

Rickie Fowler and Butch Harmon share their tips for knocking it tight over a bunker.

Released on 7/6/2015

Credits

Starring: Rickie Fowler and Butch Harmon
Director: Blake Behnam

Transcript

00:07
[Man in Golf Cart] Hey, how ya hitting 'em?
00:09
Pretty good.
00:10
Um, that last one didn't look too good, is it alright?
00:13
Oh that was fine, it'll be good.
00:14
Really.
00:15
[Golfer] Yeah.
00:16
Alright, if you say so.
00:30
Ah, beautiful shot Rick.
00:33
Now you guys are so good at this shot and
00:35
the average player, this is a gigantic gap in their game
00:38
these shots right here, they're so afraid of it.
00:40
They chunk 'em, they blade 'em,
00:42
what do you think the average guy needs to do
00:44
more of when they have a shot like this?
00:46
Well a lot of times, if they didn't have a bunker here
00:49
they'd be putting it.
00:49
Yeah.
00:50
So they're definitely scared of chipping the ball
00:52
and when they're forced to carry something and
00:55
have control, then they get quick.
00:58
Not committing, kind of decelling into the ball,
01:01
so it can result in hitting the ball fat, thin,
01:04
all kinds of stuff going on.
01:05
I think all of the above.
01:07
We see it all the time, some guys do that all at one time.
01:12
Biggest thing, technique, all around.
01:15
From set up to how far they take the club back,
01:18
too far, too short, that screws up tempo.
01:21
So letting the club create the speed and
01:23
stay constant through impact I think
01:25
that's a big part of chipping.
01:26
I think the big thing here is to let the loft of the
01:29
club do the work for you.
01:30
You have to commit to hit down on a shot.
01:32
The loft of the club will get the ball in the air.
01:35
We see the average guy, you see it in Pro-Ams,
01:37
they're trying to help it in the air,
01:39
they chunk it, they blade it across the green.
01:41
The other thing, if you're taking a divot
01:42
with a shot this short, you come in too steep.
01:45
You want to feel like the bounce on the club
01:47
just bruises the ground.
01:49
Hit one more and let's take a look at it.
01:51
So you open it just a little.
01:52
Yup.
01:53
Just take it back nicely, but commit to going on through.
01:56
Going right there.
01:57
Yeah, right there, then let it go through.
01:59
Let the loft of the club put the ball in the air.
02:02
That was perfect.
02:10
Now those look pretty good but what were those shots
02:12
you were hitting when I rolled up here in the cart?
02:14
Oh, same thing.
02:15
We know what we saw, you chunked it in the bunker.
02:18
(birds chirping)
02:21
Alright, you and I know what we saw.
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