Aim & Alignment Series
The Golfers Mind
Golf Sand Instruction by Gary Player and Sam Snead
Sam Snead's golf sand instruction
Instruction on the cardinal rules of sand trap play (explosion-
1. Settle your feet firmly, digging in, so that nothing can shift under you during the swing; also, since it's against the rules of golf to ground your club in a trap, this will enable you to test the depth and consistency of the sand.
2. Play the ball off the left heel from a well-
3. Let the arms and hands do the work, with little leg action; The swing is straightforward from an upright position, with plenty of wrist snap at impact.
4. Be sure the golf club head goes down and forward and emerges with a full follow-
Some particularly tough hazard shots you'll meet and golf sand instruction on how I play them:
Ball in a footprint: Hit it! Added to the fact that it's an explosion shot, the ball
is rimmed around with sand and needs extra excavating. If it's a deep depression,
switch from a sand iron to the nine-
Ball bunkered in downhill lie at back of trap: You get these back-
Ball in level lie on shallow, firm sand and with no overhang lip: If these four situations
exist, use your putter. Use a flat-
Ball at front of trap, uphill lie: Keep in mind that you're hitting up: therefore,
the club head will plough through deeper and deeper sand as it moves toward and through
the ball. This means (1) you need to hit a bit closer to the golf ball than on the
flat and (2) your follow-
A couple of golf sand instruction tips for working on your sand wedge game I've used:
Ralph Guldahl, a great bunker player, liked to break a sand "slump" by practicing
dummy swings in which he aimed to take divots of equal size. He wanted his sand divots
to be about six inches long and three-
To improve accuracy at hitting behind the ball, draw a line two inches behind the all or sink a tee. Now aim for these targets, forgetting the ball.
Golf sand instruction illustration
Gary Player's golf sand instruction for the correct stance with relation to the ball and the direction you want to go for different sand shots:
A) Basic golf sand shot -
B) Buried lie in the sand -
C) Shot from wet sand -
D) Uphill shot in sand -
E) Downhill in sand -
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