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Golf mental game / How to create sand shot basic setup

Hi, I’m Rick Sessinghaus, PGA coach and coach for Collin Morikawa.

If you’re leaving a lot of shots out here because you leave it in the bunker or not getting close enough, it’s time to work on that bunker shot. I believe it’s just a two step process; Basic fundamentals at setup and attitude of going through the ball. First thing was setup, a bunker shot is one of the few shots in golf where we actually hit the sand first. 

Get out of the sand with golf mental game approach

An easier way to do that is to actually open my stance to the left, open my club face more to the right. My ball placement is more towards my left heel. But here’s the key thing: I want you to be stable, with a little more weight on the left, but really stable, lower body. So we’re not moving around in the sand. 

So once you have your setup now, it’s about attitude as a crucial component of the golf mental game. I want the club to be going up along the body line, down and through. The key thing is through. Got to get it out of this bunker. So let’s put it all together here. I imagine my club going up, down and through.

So now when you work on your fundamentals, which are setup driven and you swing along your body line with an aggressive attitude, you’re going to get out of the bunker more and not waste any more shots in the sand.

Golf mental game / How to create sand shot basic setup
Rick Sessinghaus, PGA coach and coach for Collin Morikawa.
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