Welcome to Day 3 of “7 Days to Escape the Bunker” series. If you are struggling with your bunker shots than these 7 tips will help you get up and down and save a bunch of strokes next time you play.
OK in this 3rd lesson we are going to talk about your club face angle.
A key factor for consistency in the bunker is controlling the depth of your club in the sand. Sand wedges are designed with “bounce,” which simply means the trailing edge of the sole is slightly lower than the leading edge. This bounce prevents the wedge from digging too deep in the bunker.
But the amount of bounce applied to your shot is a combination of the club design and how open or closed the club face is at impact. A closed club face will reduce or eliminate the bounce, while an open club face will increase the bounce.
Now, there are some situations, such as a plugged lie, where you want to dig deep in the bunker. For these you will want to use a closed club face.
However for most bunker shots you are going to want a slightly open club face that will make sure you have plenty of bounce and your club goes the correct depth into the sand.
Check out the video below to see what I’m talking about and play with your club face angle the next time you are practicing in the bunker!
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Tom & Aaron
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