How to Rebuild Your Golf Game, Part 4: Hit Bunker Shots Like Phil Mickelson
After you’ve worked on the first three steps to rebuild your golf game or just to get your new golf season off to the right start, we head to the practice bunker where Phil Mickelson can show us how to find the right rhythm and balance from the sand.
The keys to solid bunker play are setup, alignment, wrist action (backswing) and inaction (downswing/follow through), rhythm and adjusting to various lies and distances in the sand. We love the way Phil Mickelson describes how to hit bunker shots of all types, so please check out the following video. Watch it several times before you head to the practice bunker, jot down a few notes to help keep you focused, and just work on hitting those 10 yard bunker shots. The strategy behind Phil’s suggestion for practicing 10 yard bunker shots is that statistically, that’s the average shot you’ll face on the golf course (at least for a pro). If you know how to hit it 10 yards, then you can adjust your stroke length to hit it 5-10 yards further or 5 yards shorter. The nice part is that you have a basis for adjustment – the standard 10 yard shot which you’ve nailed through practice.
Check out Phil’s video and watch it before you go practice the first several times you work on bunker shots this season.