We all know that Tour pros would often rather be in a greenside bunker if they miss the putting surface but for most of us, these sand-filled pits are rightly named as hazards. But if being in one is bad, finding your ball plugged, or deeply embedded in the footprint that some inconsiderate numpty didn't rake is even worse.
However, the technique for such an escape shot is relatively straightforward. Instead of standing with your feet, hips and shoulders 'open' to the target line, stand square. Close the clubface slightly (rather than open it as you would for a normal bunker shot) and concentrate on hitting hard behind the ball, not worrying too much about follow-through.
The ball will fly lower and run further on landing but it will, hopefully, at least be out.
|| 28 - OCTOBER 2004