Speaker 1: All right, I want to talk to you about more trouble shots in the bunker.
This is something I'll see a lot of my beginner golfers, amateur golfers, really struggle with.
This is an uphill bunker lie so we have a pin.
We probably hit a pretty good shot to get to this point, imagine the fairway being back there.
We're coming into a pin and we came up just short.
We're caught on this up slope assuming it didn't bury.
I want to teach you how to hit this shot and make it a little bit easier.
Whenever you're thinking of a bunker shot and for that matter, any golf shot, the key component to setting up to adverse lies in other words, downhill, uphill, ball below, ball above, is you need to fit your body to the earth.
If the earth is tilting, if it's in any direction, you gotta make sure that you tilt in that same direction.
For example, this is an uphill lie, probably about a 10 or 12 degree uphill lie.
What you want to do on a shot like this where most of the amateurs get off, is they'll lean into the hill basically because it's hard to balance and they'll hit into the sand and they won't put a lot of energy between them and the golf ball.
They'll end up usually just sticking the club in the sand.
What that does is that make the club not slide as consistently into the golf ball.
It actually digs into the earth so you don't really get that explosion of that ball getting out of the sand.
What you need to do in this shot is you need to fit your body with the earth.
Now any time you're having to fit your body to the earth, it's real important that you have a wide stance because we're going to tilt our body back on this shot, okay? We're not going to have a lot of weight on our front foot, we're going to be real wide and we're actually going to tilt our shoulders up with the land, okay?
Now here's the most important thing you gotta do in this shot.
I've got a 60 and I've got a 54.
Normally, if I had not much green to work with, I would use my 60 here but because I'm on a 10 to 12 degree up slope, you got to remember, this 54 is now a 66 degree wedge.
We don't need to hit it really high.
We're going to have 66 degrees and by the way, that's if I had the club faced square.
Since I'm going to open it up, we're gonna probably going to have anywhere between 70 and 80 degrees, just by opening up a 54 degree wedge based on the lie of the land.
What you're going to do is you're going to set in, wide stance, same point, you're trying to hit that spot two inches behind it and all you do is you let the club and the land do the work.
Most of the work is going to be done with the lie of the shot, it's on a uphill lie.
You just get nice and relaxed.
Always relax when you're hitting a bunker shot and just swing along with the land.
What you'll see is you'll see the ball pop up in the air and go up pretty high, come down pretty soft because we're on a pretty severe incline.
I would advise you to get your feet wide, fit your body to the land and even switch clubs because you don't need a lot of loft in a situation like that.
I think when you get these short sided, uphill bunker shots, you should be pretty successful.