Golf Practice Drills: basic bunker drill

Worrying too much about connecting with the ball rather than the sand in a bunker is a recipe for disaster. PGA coach Graeme Davies shows us a simple drill for consistent bunker play

Posted: 5 August 2013
by Ed Greenland
Drawing a circle in the bunker is a simple drill for practice that will help you make contact with the sand before the ball

The basic bunker shot drill is our fifth bunker play article in the Bunker Play Practice Drills series.

Bunker shots can only be treacherous because the common golfer focuses on hitting the ball directly rather than taking sand before it.

PGA coach Graeme Davies shows us a simple drill that helps you stop worrying about making contact with the ball and more about the sand it's sitting on.

Firstly draw a circle around the ball with roughly a 6 inch diameter, this will act as your target zone, and by the end of your follow-through you want to have got rid of it completely.

Set up with the ball slightly forward in you stance, allowing for your hands to be a few inches forward of your belt buckle.

Take a smooth swing and only worry about bringing your hips through and getting rid of the circle at address.

The more you focus on hitting the sand, the less chance you'll have of thinning the ball while always trying to finish the swing facing your target.

Give it a go, you'll be surprised at where the ball ends up.

Check out Graeme's coaching website Graeme Davies Golf or where he teaches at Huntswood Golf Club.

Otherwise look at our Bunker Play Practice Drills index or Golf Practice Drills index for more help.


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