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Why You Should Chip From The Bunker

Aug 17, 2007
One of the toughest golf shots for most golfers is from the green side sand trap mainly for two reasons; 1) a golfer rarely practices their bunker shots, 2) they don't know the correct technique to hit from the sand trap.

Here's a really simple golf tip to hit a sand trap shot when the bunker is firm with a medium to small lip and you have some green to work with.

What I like to do in these cases is use a 7 or 8-iron to chip the golf ball out of the bunker. Noticed how I said chip the ball instead of blast the ball. This is important because you want to hit the golf ball first as you would with a chip shot. The idea is to get the ball rolling on the green as soon as possible so it can run out to the hole. On occasion I've even used a 5 or 6-iron to chip the ball out of the green side bunker when I've had a lot of green to deal with.

When you're able to get the golf ball on the green sooner and run it out its easier to judge the distance. Also, chipping the ball is a lot easier for most golfers than blasting the ball out with a sand wedge. No, you still can't ground your club so I would suggest trying this a few times at the practice sand trap the next time you're at the range.

As a general rule I like to play golf with an open and creative mind. You don't have to always play golf within a box of set rules and guidelines. Any golf club in your bag can be used at anytime for any shot other than what it's designed for. Play the shot with the club you're most confident with. Use the club that will get you down the fairway, on the green, or in the hole.

Like anything practice is critical for having confidence to pull this golf shot off, but it will only take a little practice to make a big difference. Fifteen minutes of practice in the practice sand could save you a couple strokes in your next round of golf. Remember to keep an open and creative mind while you play your next round of golf because you may find a club in your bag that can be used for a shot other than what it's designed for. By doing this you're virtually carrying more than 14 clubs in your golf bag.
About the Author
Don Smith is a single dad and avid amateur golfer of over 30+ years. He manages a very informative golf school web site called U.S. Golf Schools. His golf blog "To Golf Or Not To Golf" is at http://tgontg.blogspot.com with golf tips, reviews, etc...
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