Mike Malaska takes us through a Bunker challenge to learn how to use the bounce even better.
Mike tells a story of watching Seve Ballesteros hitting bunker shots and is curious about what club Seve was using. Mike goes over and notices Seve using a 3-iron to hit bunker shots.
You can be creative when hitting out of the bunkers and don’t necessarily have to use a sand wedge.
Mike demonstrates with a 7-iron what you can do to make an excellent high shot to get the ball up and onto the green.
First, open the clubface, and lean the shaft back, so the bounce works. Make sure the clubface goes past your hands when you hit it.
Using clubs that aren’t designed to hit bunker shots is important because when you use a sand wedge, it becomes really easy to execute. You also start understanding how to use a club to hit different shots. This becomes the artistic element of playing golf.
Challenge yourself. Take a 7-iron or 5-iron and figure out what you have to do with the clubface, your hands, to get the ball to come out of the bunker like a sand wedge.
Learning to be creative by using different clubs should be fun.