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    Posted: 20 May 2006 at 5:35pm
As spring is progressing most bunker play over here is beign conducted from wet bunkers with really compact and hard sand. As I've been practicing CQ's DVD bunker shot, with the face wide open, I've had a very hard time preventing the club from bouncing too much of the sand, causing thin shots that tend to sail way past the green. When playing the same shot from dry and soft bunkers is works out great,  with a high and soft ballflight. Now, do you need to make any adjustments to the shot in order to play it successfully from compact bunkers or am I simply not executing the shot as intended ?
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1.  Try not opening the face in hard sand and swing a tad easier because the clubhead bounces so much.

2.  Use a club with less bounce, something like a pitching wedge.

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What Hayes said is right.  You might want to get a second sand wedge with less bounce for those rounds when you know the bunkers are going to be wet and hard.  Failing that, just make a couple of adjustments to your technique.  Don't open the face quite as much (reduce the bounce).  Get a little more vertical with your swing to create more of a descending blow to penetrate the sand under the ball.  contact the sand closer to the ball, as close as an inch.  Make sure to get the flange under the ball,  and allow for the ball to come out faster than it would from softer sand.  I've seen shots like that come out with relatively more backspin.  I've also seen them come out with very little backspin and a lot of roll.  It depends on the texture of the sand.


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Thanks guys, I appreciate your advice. I'll give them a shot during the week and let you know how they work out !
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