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Bunker Play - Grip Variations

By Mark Holland - Posted on 18 August 2008

Setup Basics - Grip Variations

One variation worth experimenting with is to try the “Butterfly” grip for downhill lies.  Simply rotate both hands toward each other approx 15 – 20 degrees.  This will increase the dynamic loft of the club, it will also accentuate the bounce of the sole and allow earlier hinging of the wrists which will increase your angle of attack. 

Bunker lesson - Butterfly grip for downhill lies and other grip variations

This will help you to strike down at speed close to the ball with a steepened angle of attack, all of which will help with height and spin on a downhill lie.

The position of the right elbow is key to getting this right.  Even though the right hand is rotated inwards you need to avoid any such rotation of the right forearm and shoulder.

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