In the conclusion of our instruction series, five PGA professionals help shore up your short game.
Drive That Tee into the Sand
Most amateurs who struggle with greenside bunker shots release their wrist angle too soon and either hit the sand too early and leave the ball in the bunker, or they bring the club in too shallow and hit the ball instead of the sand, which rockets the ball into the lip or completely over the green. Greenside bunkers require a high soft shot in order to keep the ball on the green. To accomplish this, establish a nice setup with the ball positioned a little forward of center. Make sure to set the angle of your wrists on the backswing and maintain that angle as you approach the sand with your club. To remind yourself of this, stick a tee in the end of your grip. As you make your downswing, drive that tee towards the sand for better bunker shots.
—Doug Perry, PGA Professional, City Park Nine, Fort Collins & Co-Host, “Morning Cup of Golf,” 600 KCOL Radio