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Mistakes Golfers Make Buying Bunker Clubs

By Mark Holland - Posted on 18 August 2008

Some people mistakenly try to buy bunker success by buying loft, i.e. A 60 degree lob wedge.  Many 60 degree wedges do not have enough bounce for many sand conditions and are at best a dual wedge for sand, fairway and chipping use; rarely are they master of all these conditions. Once again seek the advice of your local professional to work out what combination of wedges will best suit your needs.

But remember with the right technique you can get a ball out of the bunker with almost anything!

Cut-out Sand Iron

Sand-iron with middle cut out

In this picture you can see that I am actually using a sand iron with the back cut out of the club.  That means the only way I can get the ball out of the bunker is to use the force of the sand to drive the ball up and out of the bunker.  A lot of players are guilty of trying to use the club to lift it out; clearly in this situation that is impossible. 

You have to splash down into and through the sand forcing the sand up in a manner which takes the ball with it.

Driving the golf ball out of the bunker on a cushion of sand

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