Shallower the swing the more ball spins
published : 18 May 2023 at 05:00
newspaper section: Sports
writer: Brett Brasier
I love the way Cameron Smith plays his bunker shots.
His escapes are invariably with spin that makes for a one hop and stop shot.
Obviously, if spin is obtainable, then it's solely dependent on the lie.
When a bunker has a high fringe, or the ball is slightly buried, all thoughts of creating any kind of spin diminish.
Making a spinning sand shot is exactly the same as making a normal bunker shot except for the one small difference of how deep your wedge travels under the ball.
You'll need the precision of a brain surgeon together with a huge degree of confidence.
Start by placing more weight on your left side when addressing the ball. This must be done in accordance with the ground slant too.
If the ground is slanted in any direction, make sure you slant your body the same way to accommodate. Once this is done, place most of your weight on your left foot.
Get down to a decent level to ensure that you are low enough to hit just ever so slightly under the ball rather than the ball itself.
Here lies the problem though better still is to clip the ball off the sand for maximum spin but the chances of thinning the shot increases.
Open your clubface before you take your grip, and the shallower your swing is equals the more spin you'll produce.
Opening the clubface won't feel natural, but with a flat clubface your ball will spin as soon as it lifts off the sandy surface.
Simply practise it when you practise your usual bunker shots.
Try it with the spin, and then without, to feel the difference. Then when you need either one, you'll be ready!
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