So how do you produce sufficient power for a longer shot without using the big muscles of your legs and core? First, James’ preferred option is to use a lower lofted club like a 9-iron. Irons still have bounce when you open the face and when you apply the same force required for a 10-yard shot with a sand wedge, the 9-iron shot will fly 20-25 yards and release the remaining distance to the hole.
If you need to fly the ball farther than that, the degree of difficulty goes up significantly, but as James shows, using a bigger shoulder turn is the key. A bigger turn using a sand wedge provides more power to the shot without jeopardizing good contact with the sand.
There’s no way to ever make the long bunker shot easy, but if you put in some practice time with James’ techniques, you’ll see very acceptable results much more frequently.
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