5 Sand Game Secrets from a Professional Golf Teacher

Step by step tutorial for playing sand game

As a golfer, you experience two elements of contact while hitting any kind of shots in short game. One element is when your club hits the ball and the other is when the club hits the ground. You must optimize both these elements if you want to play a good quality of short game. In the following tips, you will find when you should emphasize steepness and when you should make a shallow swing.

  1. Contact with the ball first
  2. It is important that you fix the low point of your arc of swing, anterior of the ball during the setup. You can follow these steps to do so:

    • Unlike full swings, you must place your head above the buckle of your belt, not behind the buckle.
    • Your shoulders should be at relatively same level and the arms must be soft.
    • Using the trail hand, make a weaker grip.
    • Using a narrow stance, keep your rear foot square and the front foot spread towards the aim. If you draw a line across your arms/ forearms, it should be pointed on the left of the aim and matches the line of toes.
    • Bend over the ball. This setup allows you to hit the ball with clarity.
  3. Swing on the plane
  4. You require about ten various manipulations to strike the ball effectively before you come in contact with the turf. On-plane does not need any manipulation. You can either swing the golf club on shaft plane, which is established during address or a little above it. You can practice this swing and ask a friend to record a video for you from the perspective of down-target.

  5. Rotate clubface
  6. When you allow the clubface to openly rotate during the backswing, it helps to release the club and activates the wedge bounce through the impact. It is a shallow move. If you do not open the face of the club, you would have to hold your release and you might make a deep turf with your club. You must rotate the face of the club open.

  7. Set the clubhead free
  8. A clubhead set free naturally is much shallower compared to the one that is held tightly. It does not mean that you have to flip the hands at the ball. Instead, it implies that you have to swing your club freely. It is also called a finesse swing. You must have softer arms which swing the golf club past the lower portion of your body. The lower body should provide support and balance to your motion. When you do this in a right manner, your clubface will point towards the sky when you finish and the grip of your club will be closer at the belly button.

  9. Move your energy towards the aim
  10. In your backswing as well as your downswing, you energy should flow in the direction of the pin. Your head should also move a few centimeters towards he target.



Golf Is All About Strategy

Considering all aspects of a golf course you’ve never played before takes a bit of time. But you will reap the rewards of that effort during play. Your final score will surprise your opponents who thought they had one up on you because of their familiarity with the course. So take the time and do your homework. Making a habit of doing so will improve your game immensely. Golf is, after all, as much about strategy as it is about skill.


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