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Control Your Posture For Better Bunker Shots

By Mark Holland - Posted on 18 August 2008

Posture control is a vital component of any golf shot and bunker shots are no exception.  Dipping, dropping and lifting are often fatal errors.  Here are some common pitfalls to avoid:

  • Trying to lift the ball out therefore raising the centre of gravity and the swing height of the club head.  This results in a fat shot or if the club does not hit the sand a thin or bladed shot  
  • Poor rotation control resulting in a slipping, sliding or floating pelvis 
  • Poor hip clearance and impact concepts – players often know they have to hit down for the ball to go up but drop their knees rather than creating a proper hip rotation with the target hip moving up and back using the weight shift into the target foot which pushes into the ground. 
  • Try not to swing with too strong a left hand grip.  This tends to cause a tight left shoulder and tight muscles in your upper traps and causes you to swing off plane disconnecting your arms from your body.

Good posture in the golf swing makes bunker play easierGood posture in the golf swing at impact also makes bunker play easierGood follow through in the golf swing retaining spine angles at address

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