Episode 1: The Plugged Bunker Lie

In this dreaded scenario, you're oh so close to the green but in a whole heap of trouble. Jason Guss shows us how to dig the ball out and save par.

Released on 4/4/2018

Transcript

00:00
(upbeat instrumental music)
00:03
So, you wanna become a better golfer?
00:07
The secret isn't about hitting 300 yard drives
00:10
or making 30 foot putts.
00:11
It's about the ability to mitigate disaster.
00:13
So, what I want to show you today
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is how to get your ball back into play
00:17
after some of the game's worst breaks.
00:18
Like it never even happened.
00:28
(upbeat instrumental music)
00:35
The plug bunker lie.
00:37
I mean, let's be honest, most of us don't even like
00:39
a good lie in the bunker, let alone this.
00:41
And what's really frustrating,
00:43
is that in order for this ball to plug like this,
00:45
it had to come in from a high trajectory,
00:47
which probably means we had a short iron in our hand.
00:50
So, how do we get out of this mess?
00:51
Well, the first thing we have to do
00:53
is understand a few key setup principles
00:55
that are gonna help us get this ball
00:56
out of this plug lie and back on the green.
00:58
The first thing, is just understanding
01:01
what the sand wedge purpose is for.
01:03
Generally, we wanna open this sand wedge up a little bit,
01:06
have the face a little opened,
01:07
and that makes the club become a bouncer
01:09
or a slider through the sand.
01:11
But in this scenario, we gotta turn this thing
01:13
into a digger.
01:15
So, you're gonna put the club in front of your face,
01:17
and you're actually gonna toe that club in
01:18
or close it a little bit.
01:20
The next thing, we're gonna actually dig our feet in.
01:23
Now, what's this doing?
01:24
This is doing a couple things.
01:26
Number one, it's letting me know how much sand
01:28
is below my feet and how far down I can hit into the sand.
01:31
Number two, it's gonna lower my body down,
01:34
which is gonna make it easier for me to dig this ball out.
01:37
The last thing, we want this ball a little more
01:40
back in our stance.
01:41
Once again, it's gonna help us promote
01:43
with a little bit more of a descending blow,
01:45
and help dig this ball outta here.
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So, we're gonna get our face closed, our ball back,
01:50
our feet dug in.
01:51
And we're gonna make a nice little shot,
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keeping this club goin' low to the ground,
01:55
and diggin' this ball right out.
02:03
And if we can use those few key setup principles,
02:06
we can get out of this plug bunker lie
02:08
like it never even happened.
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