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Donald: first class

Luke Donald

Where better to start than World No.1 Luke Donald, who has ranked first in sand-save percentage for three of the last five years on the PGA Tour.

Donald found 88 bunkers in America last season and got up and down 56 times for a 64% average.

This season’s three-time champion also ranked top of the pile on the European Tour last year with 17 saves from 23 bunker shots for a 74% average.

Donald is currently playing with different wedges to last season, changing from Mizuno's MP-T10 to the company's newest model, the MP-T11.

Like its predecessor, the MP-T11 wedges are forged from 1025 carbon steel and feature Mizuno's Quad Cut Groove technology. The company says the process allows Mizuno to precisely control the width, depth, draft angle and shoulder radius of each groove more precisely.

Donald’s bunker tip: “Good fundamentals are the key. I see a lot of amateurs put the ball too far back in the stance; you want it on your front foot to get the height. Use the back edge of the club, and keep the club face nice and open.”

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