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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Nick Faldo on Bunker Play (Video)

Nick Faldo's advice here is to copy the pros. Watch how various pros get out of the sand and then try to mimic all the methods that appeal to you. Here, take a look:

Nick specifically demonstrates methods used by Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros and Ernie Els. See how each player takes some of the same basics, like opening the clubface and thumping the sand, then adds their own twist to get the results they want? You can do the same thing, and that's exactly what Nick suggests here.

But I want to focus on a little something that Nick did to make Ernie's method work better for him. See how he lifts his trail heel so he's standing on his toes? He says he does that to get his trailing shoulder a bit higher and thus prevent hitting the ball fat. But it also helps him incorporate part of the Player method -- if he's on the toes of his trail foot, he has to put more weight on his lead foot.

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but it's also one of the quickest ways to learn a new skill... you know, like getting your ball out of a bunker. Don't be afraid to experiment with different methods to find the one(s) that work best for you.

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