Vol 20 July 2012

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
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Director of Operations

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Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
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James Stevens
Tournament Assistant

Golf Tips

Have a More Versatile Short Game to Save Shots Around the Green.

By Charles Frost

Head Teaching Professional
Quail Hollow Club

One of the most difficult shots in golf is the high soft bunker shot. Hitting out of the sand is difficult, but it is even more difficult when the hole is located close to the bunker. This shot requires a high soft shot that will stop relatively quickly when it hits the green.

I have found that the best way to hit this shot is to really try to slice across the shot. In order to do this you must start with a specialized set up. First you must open the face as much as you feel comfortable with and then aim to the left so that the open face will aim towards the hole.

Next you must get as low as possible with your set up. Bend over from the waist and bend your knees as much as possible and get your hands as low as possible. Lowering the hands will make the club shaft to be closer to parallel to the bunker which will help you swing shallow. A shallow swing will open the face more and help the ball to go higher.

This set up will put you into a position to hit a high shot but there are still some in-swing adjustments needed. First by lowering your hands at the address position your left wrist should be in a cupped position. You should feel that you maintain that cupped position throughout the swing.

This will keep the face open throughout the swing and will also allow the bounce on the bottom of the sand wedge to work. Bounce is the extra metal on the bottom of the club which will keep the club from digging and will help it slide through the sand. This bounce will also hit the ball higher.

Because all of the adjustments made to keep the clubface open you will still need to make a fairly sizable swing even though you only want the ball to go a short distance. Try these adjustments when you practice, but keep in mind that the number one goal in a bunker is always to get out first.