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A bunker swing you can rely on

Released on 7/11/2018

Transcript

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When I get in the bunker, my setup
00:04
is normally pretty wide.
00:06
I like to stand very much on my left foot to stay centered.
00:10
I always focus on the spot behind the ball,
00:12
where I want the club to make impact with the ground.
00:15
I try to not move my lower body so much
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and just get the upper body to work,
00:18
and so I know that I hit the same spot
00:20
in the bunker every time.
00:21
I keep my grip similar at every shot,
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but if I have to hit a higher bunker shot,
00:25
I make the right hand a little bit weaker
00:27
so I can keep the face open throughout the entire swing.
00:30
I like to keep my divots pretty shallow
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so whenever I hit, I kinda try to get
00:35
the divots to be between my fingertip and my thumb,
00:38
so about 15 to 20 centimeters.
00:41
I have a few favorite bunker drills.
00:42
One is to keep the face really open,
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so I like to throw sand behind my back
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towards the target to just really make sure
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I keep the face open in the back swing.
00:51
I don't hit a ball, actually.
00:52
I just put sand on the club and I stand,
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and I take it back, and I throw the sand over my shoulder.
00:57
I also like to put the rake out just left of the pin
01:00
where I'm trying to aim, and then I just focus on
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getting the club to move more, a little bit more right,
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so I get a little draw on it.
01:07
I think it's more important to get
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good tempo and just find a good rhythm.
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It's actually one of the easier shots in golf
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'cause you don't actually have to hit the ball.
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