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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Jon Paupore on the Recoil Bunker Shot (Video)

PGA instructor Jon Paupore has a different way of playing buried bunker shots... a VERY different way!

Basically, Jon sets up normally for a buried bunker shot -- with the ball in the middle of his stance and he's making a steep downward blow. However, instead of using a closed clubface to dig the ball out, which gives him a low rolling shot, he's opening the clubface and recoiling at impact to try and get the ball to come out higher with a little backspin.

To say this is an unusual way to play this shot is an understatement. By recoiling we mean that the club pretty much stops its forward motion just after it goes under the ball, then he tries to pull the club back. You might think of it as trying to stop the club after you straighten your arms at impact, so the butt of the shaft is pointing at your belly button. Trying to reverse the direction of your swing helps you do that.

I don't know how well this works -- this is the first time I've seen it so I've never tried it -- but it comes from the John McLean Golf Schools so it should be a pretty sound technique. And given the difficulty of buried bunker shots, it's worth giving it a try. It might not work for everyone, but you might be one who finds it's a good addition to your sand shot arsenal!

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