Master the Long Greenside Bunker Shot

Let the hands roll to get the ball to the hole. Tom Watson explains why you have to change your normal greenside bunker technique when distance is a factor.

Released on 1/31/2017

Transcript

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To play a long green side bunker shot,
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probably the easiest thing to do is
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to reduce the loft of the club you are using.
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I will, instead of a 56 degree sand wedge,
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I'll go to a 52 degree gap wedge.
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Or, sometimes even a pitching wedge or a nine iron,
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depending on how far I want that ball out.
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Now, the problem is, with the 52 degrees,
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pitching wedge, and the nine iron is that
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now that club will tend to dig into the sand,
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so you have to be more careful
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in your hitting
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of the sand behind the ball, that you don't dig too much.
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You have to just sweep that ball out,
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starting from behind the ball and through.
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The other way to do it very simply is
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to take your hands and when you hit through the ball,
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you rotate your hands faster through the ball.
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Normally on a sand shot, especially a short sand shot,
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you don't want that club face to turn over this way.
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You don't want any of this action.
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You want to keep that face open as you go through this way.
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For a longer shot, try rotating your hands faster
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as you're hitting through the ball.
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Again, this may cause your club face to dig
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and you'll chug it.
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But the key is to practice hitting a nice, shallow divot,
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starting behind the ball, through the ball.
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That will help project the ball out,
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and actually make it run a little bit.
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