Here are three basic tips from our Golf Pro's to keep you out of the sand when you hit the green this summer. Learn even more in a small group setting this summer from our golf pros in one of our summer Golf Programs for ages 7-18.
- Know your distances – most often golfers land in the sand because they don’t know their distances with each club. Weekend or casual golfers aren’t sure of which club to use for which distance. Often this can lead to hitting the ball too far or too short to avoid the water or sand. The best way to know your distances is to book a lesson and have your pro develop an accurate yardage chart for each club in the bag – this will definitely drop shots in your next round.
- If you see a green that is protected by a lot of bunkers and you feel it will be difficult for you to reach the green or don’t have the shot to land the ball on the green, take one less club and lay up. Then chip the ball on the green. You will most likely make par from this position.
- When chipping the ball over a bunker, relax your hands and allow the club to brush the grass. The key is to feel the club hinging on the backswing, and follow through. You don’t need to add a lot of power, just let the club swing through the grass; this will lift the ball in the air and land it softly on the green. Often golfers stress about landing in the bunker, and grip the club too tight. Use your 56, 58 or 60 degree wedge for best results around the green and stay out of the sand!