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Years ago, following a move I found myself playing a course with real bunkers that always seemed to come between my ball and the green. As the course I had grown up on had no real bunkers to speak of. So I bought a sand wedge and taught myself how to play out of the bunkers. I read a lot of tips from Billy Casper and Gary Player, then simply went out to the course in the evening a worked at it. I practiced uphill lies, downhill lies, sidehill lies, fried eggs, buried balls, long shots, short shots--the full gamut. And I got to the point where I could comfortably extricate myself from the bunker over 90% of the time. I won't say I achieved that level of success with getting up and down from the bunkers, but that's as much an issue with my putting as with my sand play.
A few years ago, I adjusted my sand play approach in keeping with an overall change in approach to my game. I'm still comfortable getting out of bunkers, and still having those issues with getting up and down. The answer, to me, is simple: practice, practice, practice. find a course with a good bunker practice area and just work at it, over and over, and then do it all again.
i started telling my self this to help me build confidence. open the face throw that club into the sand right behind the ball and keep driving through the sand. and i Quote Gary Player "90% of armatures don't swing hard enough. i figure if its 90% then there is a good chance i am part of that 90% so i swing alittle harder than i think i need to and most of the time it works out just fine. but the biggist key is learn the how the bounce of your club inter acts with the sand. for me my 60 dosent like to dig like my 56 so i have to be alittle more percise with the 60. other wise i will skip of the sand and skull. so yea go to the practice bunker and learn how the bounce works on your wedges. and practice practice practice.
Cheers greens and fairways to all
and now the shameless plug. check out the Vokey site they have a good way of explaining wedges and helping you to get a good understanding how your club interacts with the turf and sand. also notice they offer so many different grinds you should be able to find one that works out perfect for you.
I'd suggest watching some Gary Player bunker videos. Then spend some time at a practice facility and solve the mystery. There is a nack to hitting good bunker shots and with some practice time it will come to you. I have two wedges I use for greenside bunkers, one is good for short high shots with little roll out, the other is for longer shots that do run, likewise you'll probably find that your two wedges will give you some options playing out of bunkers. Have some fun with the challenge ...