Playing out of a bunker
For the amateur golfer, especially the higher handicapper, landing in a bunker can be a frustrating and costly experience. On a links course landing in a trap may not just ruin your score but your state of health. But with some practice, and by following some basic rules, you can take the stress out of a visit to sand.
Firstly, make sure you have a solid stance. Open the blade of the club wide and concentrate on hitting the sand just behind the ball, remembering to follow through.
Remember, the primary aim is to get the ball out of the bunker. Play the smart shot and don’t try to go for the unachievable. In the deeper bunkers, take your punishment, play out sideways – or even backwards – if you have to and make sure of your escape to play the next shot from a good lie.
Fraser Cromarty, chairman of HGL and CEO at The Nairn Golf Club