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How Do You Play A Bunker Shot With Little Or No Sand Under The Ball?


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#1 EmperorPenguin

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:15 AM

I once played a golf course which apparently had a very poor superintendents' budget because they did not buy sand for their bunkers.  Many, many greenside bunkers had so little sand I would estimate less than a half inch or even a quarter inch of sand under the ball.  It was so scary our group avoided greenside bunkers like OB.  I couldn't use a standard bunker technique, so what I tried was to almost square up the face to use more of the leading edge to dig more behind the ball, but even that didn't work--bladed shot flew fifty yards over the green.  Then I tried using a pitch shot method, but that little bit of sand behind the ball was enough to fluff it and leave it in the bunker.  How do you guys play this type of shot?


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:38 PM

View PostEmperorPenguin, on 14 November 2017 - 11:15 AM, said:

I once played a golf course which apparently had a very poor superintendents' budget because they did not buy sand for their bunkers.  Many, many greenside bunkers had so little sand I would estimate less than a half inch or even a quarter inch of sand under the ball.  It was so scary our group avoided greenside bunkers like OB.  I couldn't use a standard bunker technique, so what I tried was to almost square up the face to use more of the leading edge to dig more behind the ball, but even that didn't work--bladed shot flew fifty yards over the green.  Then I tried using a pitch shot method, but that little bit of sand behind the ball was enough to fluff it and leave it in the bunker.  How do you guys play this type of shot?
Chunk and run. Slightly open face and hit steeply down, do not decelerate. Nearly impossible to catch clean. I'd bet if there's not much sand, theres a few rocks so watch out.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:51 PM

View PostEmperorPenguin, on 14 November 2017 - 11:15 AM, said:

I once played a golf course which apparently had a very poor superintendents' budget because they did not buy sand for their bunkers.  Many, many greenside bunkers had so little sand I would estimate less than a half inch or even a quarter inch of sand under the ball.  It was so scary our group avoided greenside bunkers like OB.  I couldn't use a standard bunker technique, so what I tried was to almost square up the face to use more of the leading edge to dig more behind the ball, but even that didn't work--bladed shot flew fifty yards over the green.  Then I tried using a pitch shot method, but that little bit of sand behind the ball was enough to fluff it and leave it in the bunker.  How do you guys play this type of shot?

I don't play goat tracks :cheesy:

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:49 PM

Ball more middle, toe your front foot out and lean hard into your front leg, open face and short/no follow thru. Catch it right and you could even spin it

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:57 PM

I just basically try to chip it low. Agreed that it is terrifying.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:07 PM

This is a huge issue in Arizona, I️ always say to play it like a cartpath or bare lie, more leading edge less bounce
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