Flick’s master tips: buried lie in a bunker? Try Chi Chi’s bayonet shot – Lesson Tee – Brief Article
I learned this shot while doing a clinic with Chi Chi Rodriguez. Chi Chi noted that you need a lot of creativity to be a really good bunker player. Then he proved his point on a buried lie in the sand:
* First, make your body compatible to the slope–on an uphill shot, lower your right shoulder dramatically.
* Next, severely close the face of your sand wedge, take your grip, and set up so the hosel is behind the ball (inset).
* Finally, swing the clubhead down and into the sand just outside the ball, like stabbing a bayonet into a sandbag.
The ball will go where the sand goes, not where the clubface is pointing. The clubhead will dig under the ball, which will come out high and land softly.
Jim Flick, voted No. 6 by his peers in Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 50 Greatest Teachers, is based at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale and Boyne Highlands in Michigan.
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