19th Hole: Making a 'Splash' Can Improve Bunker Play
This week's golf tip from the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership is courtesy of Kathleen Gook, Paradise Valley Country Club, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
What's a foolproof way of getting out of a greenside bunker?: Get into a practice bunker, and instead of having a ball in front of you, draw a 6-inch oval that is pointing towards your target. Set up to this oval so that the back of the oval is in the middle of your stance and the front of the oval closer to the target.
Have 60 percent of your weight on your target-side foot. Your goal is to "splash" the sand that is in the oval, all the way to your target. Finish with your weight on the target-side foot, and continue practicing splashing the oval out.
When you feel ready, draw another oval, and then place a golf ball within the oval, approximately two inches from the back. Again, your goal is to splash the sand within that oval to the target.
Your golf ball will ride out on that magic carpet of sand!
Just Joking: Dennis, Jim, Adam and Stephen were playing a round at Legacy Golf Links when they came to the 18th hole, a long par-4 with water guarding the green.
Stephen had used a new Titleist V1 ball on the tee and hit a good drive down the middle. As he studied his second shot to the green, he mused, "This looks like a solid 6-iron to me."
"Don't be silly," Adam said, "there's a breeze in our face. You'll need at least a 4-iron."
"Nah, I'm going to hit a 6."
"Go ahead," Adam said, "and I'll bet you a hundred bucks you don't get over the water."
"Hey, I'll take some of that action," Dennis said.
"Me, too," Jim chirped in.
"Okay, you're all on for a hundred bucks each," Stephen said, then went to his golf bag and took out an old ball.
"What are you doing?" Dennis asked.
"You don't think I'm going to risk losing a new Titleist here, do you?"
Did You Know ?: Gary McCord, the CBS golf analyst who has played well in several PGA Tour Senior events had less than an illustrious regular Tour career.
He joined the Tour in 1974, but his best finishes in a PGA event were seconds in the 1975 and 1977 Milwaukee Opens. His total earnings on the PGA Tour were $662,359.
The most he won in one season was $68,213 in 1984.
Since joining the Senior Tour in 1998, McCord has won twice and earned $4,560,333. Although he didn't win in 2006, he earned $250,158.
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