Bunker shots

Tim Livers

Q: I get out of soft and fluffy sand very well. However untended and unraked, wet, hard packed sand I tend to blade the ball so my open face, bounce exposed, slide the club under the ball obviously is the wrong technique. What do you suggest for sand that's more hardpan than bunker?

A: If the sand if firm, untended, unraked, most times you have to dig the ball out rather than splash it out. At address, square the club face, put the ball back in your stance, put more weight than usual on your front foot. Leave the weight on your front foot as you pick the club up more sharply on the backswing, and hit down more than normal. The ball will come out lower than usual and run more, but it will come out and it will be on the green.