Sand shots are one of the most frustrating shots a golfer will encounter when playing the game. Learning how to hit sand shots starts with selecting the right club. There are three clubs that will suffice when getting ready to hit the ball out of the sand; the sand wedge, the lob wedge, and the 8 iron. However, the sand wedge is by far the best option when tackling a ball in the sand.
Why the Sand Wedge
The sand wedge averages a 56 degree loft which helps lift your ball out if the sand. Ideal conditions for using a sand wedge include dry sand, a shot that is less than 30 yards, sand deeper than an inch, and a lip that is at least a foot high. Although a sand wedge can be used during any bunker shot, certain conditions create a more amiable set-up.
The bottom part of the sand wedge is referred to as a bounce; the greater the bounce the better the sand wedge. All sand wedges have a bouncing edge and a digging edge crafted into the head of the club; when deciding to how to hit a bunker shot it is important to use the bounce. A sand wedge also adds backspin to a ball which helps the ball come to a stop quicker once it reaches the green.
How to Hit Sand Shots
When contemplating a sand shot, a golfer will have to rethink how they play. From the first foray into the game of golfer players are told to hit the ball but when it comes to sand shot a player needs to hit the sand. Learning how to hit bunker shots will definitely eave a golfer shaking their head; however, sand shots are nearly as complicated as they are portrayed once a player understands the process.
The first step to learning how to hit a sand shot is knowing that you will have to hit the sand about two inches behind the ball so that the sand wedge slides under the ball allowing the sand to push the ball out of the trap. When you swing you should maintain an equal amount of momentum throughout the swing in order to achieve a consistent height with the ball.