Golf Bunker Lesson: Put Sand on the Green and the Ball Will Follow

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The day was bright and fine. Salt had been away from the course in the morning, but was back on the range in the afternoon. He had visited with some friends and had helped out a few golfers here and there.  Nothing too noteworthy.

Then he noticed a woman across the way, hitting shots out of the practice bunker.

"Smart lady," thought Salt. He thought everybody should practice their sand play more, to at least remove their fear of landing in and getting out of a bunker.

He walked over to see how it was going.

"Hello Ma'am," said Salt.

"Oh, Hello. You must be Salt. I've heard of you," she said. "My name is Jane."

"Hello Jane. How's the sand game treating you today?"

"Not very well. I hit a good shot once in a while, but then I go and leave the ball in the bunker. It's very frustrating."

"I'm sure," said Salt. "Mind if I have a look?".

"Would you? Thank you so much," said Jane.

Salt watched Jane hit a few shots. The lip of the bunker was fairly high. About half of her shots did not make it over the lip.

"What do you think Salt? Is my grip OK? Maybe I'm not setting my hands right? Would you check my grip pressure?"

Salt paused for a moment.

"Jane, would you try something for me please?"


"Jane, I want you to put sand on the green with each and every shot."

"What? I want the ball on the green, not the sand."

"Yes, of course. But if you put sand on the green, I'm pretty sure that your ball will be on the green too. Just take a few practice swings without the ball to try it out."

Her first swings were too timid, without the needed acceleration and high finish to make it through the sand and launch the ball where it needed to go. But she eventually got the idea, and was putting sand on the green every time.

"Perfect. Now hit a ball. Or rather, the sand behind the ball.  Remember, you are trying to move the sand."

Jane did. To her amazement the ball came out high and soft, landing on the green. It was probably the best bunker shot she had ever hit, she thought.

"Wow, did you see that? Salt, it worked! Let me try this again..."

Salt waved to her as he walked back to the range. "Keep after it Jane," he said.

Salt had seen a long long hitter on the range that had piqued his curiosity and was ambling off to see if he was a serious player or not...

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