Golf Digest Videos

Hank Haney: Bunker Basics

Don't make this common mistake in your sand setup.

Released on 11/3/2015

Transcript

00:04
When you're playing a basic sand shot,
00:05
there are a couple adjustments you have to make
00:07
and address, and one of those adjustments
00:09
I see a lot of amateurs getting wrong.
00:12
When you set up to the golf ball to play a sand shot,
00:14
you want the ball forward in your stance,
00:16
the club face at least slightly open,
00:19
and you want your stance open,
00:21
but you also want the ball forward in your stance.
00:24
The problem is if I have the ball forward
00:26
in my stance now, and I open my stance up,
00:29
the ball now kind of shifts to a position
00:32
that's further back to my stance,
00:33
so it's actually a two-step process.
00:36
When I open my stance, I also have to adjust
00:39
to put the golf ball a little bit
00:41
farther forward in my stance.
00:42
This way, I can hit behind the golf ball,
00:45
playing a basic shot that I blast out of the bunker.
00:48
So remember, when you open your stance,
00:50
also adjust to put the ball a little bit farther forward
00:53
than you normally would have it,
00:55
because that's where it needs to be
00:56
to play a good sand shot.
More from golfdigest.com
Equipment The Complete Hot List
Equipment The Complete Hot List
Golf Culture Most Annoying Golfers
Golf Culture Most Annoying Golfers
Instruction How To Do Everything
Instruction How To Do Everything
News & Tours Blog: Stay In The Loop
News & Tours Blog: Stay In The Loop
Ranking 100 Greatest Courses
Ranking 100 Greatest Courses
Cover Story Paulina Gretzky
Cover Story Paulina Gretzky