If you’re like many weekend golfers, you hate hitting from bunkers. So when an approach shot stops short of a bunker, you’re ecstatic. But you still have to pitch over the bunker to save par. And for some that’s a scary shot. Hitting a pitch shot over a bunker intimidates many golfers—especially if the bunker is really deep.
Below are six keys to this shot:
1. Look at the shot from the green
2. Use a sand wedge or lob wedge
3. Position your head just forward of the ball
4. Shift your weight to the front
5. Keep the clubface open through impact
6. Let the club’s loft do the work
This shot is often easier than it looks. The secret to making it is to look at it from the green. Spend just enough time to see the type of shot it you’ll need before addressing the ball.
Use a sand wedge (56 degree) or a lob wedge (60 degrees). Play the ball in the middle of your stance. And shift your weight forward. Make sure your head is slightly forward of the ball or the shaft of the club is even with your sternum.
Also make sure that the clubface is open. And keep it open and pointing toward the sky right through impact and beyond.
Rehearse the shot a couple of times before swinging. Then take a normal backswing and downswing. Don’t try to scoop the ball. Let the club’s loft pitch the ball high.
Visualize the shot first before taking your practice swings. Try to match your swing with the type of shot you see in your head. Then address the ball and swing away.
Seeing the shot from the green often removes the intimidation. So do that quickly before addressing the ball. Then follow our keys to the shot. And you should have no trouble pitching over a deep bunkers.
BY Jack Moorehouse, the author of the best-selling book “How To Break 80 And Shoot Like The Pros”, executive producer and director of the “How To Break 80 DVD Series”. He is NOT a golf pro, rather a working man that has helped thousands of golfers from all seven continents lower their handicap immediately. He has a free weekly newsletter with the latest golf tips, golf lessons and golf instruction.