Winning Edge with Jazz

Wed 28 Jan 2015

Winning Edge with Jazz

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In this latest segment of golf tips from Asian Tour Academy, Thailand’s teenage rising star Jazz Janewattananond will show us the key to hitting one of the toughest shots in the game, which is the 30 to 40 yard bunker approach onto the green.
By Jazz Janewattananond
Playing a long approach shot from out of a bunker onto the green must be one of the hardest shots in the game, even for professional golfers. In this segment, I’m going to show some of the key points which I do to hit this difficult shot for the right result.
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I will position the ball in the middle of my stance where my hands will be pressed ahead of the clubface/ball. The clubface should also be square of the golf ball and aimed towards the intended target. These positions are certainly different from a regular greenside bunker shot where the ball is placed more towards the left heel while the hands will be behind the ball.
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To try to get the desired result of flying the ball out towards the green, I will be aiming to hit about an inch from the ball. Another key element to hitting a good shot is to ensure that you create a deep divot in the sand. For greenside bunker shots, you only require to hit a thin divot.
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I always play this shot with a controlled swing, meaning my back swing often stops at about 12 o’clock before I start coming down on the swing. It is also important to ensure that I finish the swing as I have noticed a lot of amateur golfers quitting on the swing for this shot.
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Give it a go at the practice bunker and I hope you get the desired result.
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