Bounce Vs Dig by George Kasparis

I want to explain the differences when it comes to executing a splash bunker shot versus a dig bunker shot from a greenside bunker. Ultimately, this all comes down to your lie. Is the ball sitting in that nice, fluffy sand that we all hope to find when we go in a bunker, or is the lie harder and more compact? Turn over for the essential guidelines to follow when assessing which type of shot to play.

George _Opener -GD-9475

For fluffy sand, use THE bounce

The most lofted wedge in your bag is typically designed with a wider sole and more bounce angle. For the soft, fluffy lie or splash shot, we're trying to use that wide sole to glide  through the sand. That's why most bunker advice you receive will recommend opening the clubface because this adds loft and increases bounce angle, which will assist that shallow, gliding motion. From there, your goal should be to play the ball slightly left of centre in your stance (for a right-hander), lean onto your left side and get the club accelerating nicely through the sand to a full finish. That's the simple way to play a standard bunker shot when the lie is favourable.

GD Jan 14 GK

For a hard lie, use the leading edge

When it comes to the hard pan, we can't use that bounce. If you try to play it like a  conventional splash, the sole will ricochet off the sand and the leading edge will blade the ball either across the green or straight into the face of the bunker. So we need to play it slightly differently. Don't change your ball position - that stays slightly left of centre. But instead of opening the clubface, you want to angle the shaft a little further forward and keep the clubface square to your target. If you play this shot with an open face, you don't give the leading edge a chance to break the hard surface of the sand. Your goal here should be to still enter the sand a couple of inches behind the ball, but use the leading edge to dig into the sand and break the surface. Allow for a lower ball flight and more run when it hits the green, but by playing the shot this way, you'll  never again fall victim to one of the most costly bunker errors.

GD Jan 15 GK

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