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Bunker Lesson - The Dynamics of the Downswing

By Mark Holland - Posted on 18 August 2008

Bunker Lesson - Swing Dynamics

The downswing is a gravity and momentum “sling shot” - meaning that you do not need to interfere with the physics of the swing.  Most people that have trouble in bunkers interfere with the downswing by adding force through the muscles in their hands, arms and shoulders in an effort to get the club to lift the ball out.  Instead you should allow the club head to be fully released (thrown down and forward with correct arm and wrist extension) by gravity, angular momentum and the rotation of the torso.  This added effort at the wrong time will cause variable timing, strikes, distance and results.

To test your Setup and Swing Dynamics - take the 5 Iron Challenge

This is a key drill to help you perfect your setup and impress your friends.  You will only be able to consistently get the ball out of a bunker with a 5 iron if you setup correctly. Once you have mastered bunker shots with a 5 iron, switch back to your sand wedge or other wedges, you will find you have much more confidence and control over your shots.

Bunker Shot More Fun Golf Practice Drills The 5 Iron Challenge

To learn more about building some control from greenside bunker shots then you should try this really useful lesson from Mark Holland on bunker play for £3.99 from www.dizzyheights.com.

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