Sand Practice

Post by Richard Kaplan

Read here to see what Mark O’Meara had to say about his great friend Tiger Woods?

“If he were to call me tomorrow and asked for help, I would take him to a fairway bunker and I’d have him hit 5-irons and 7-irons from a level lie. He’d have to stay way more level and he wouldn’t be able to load like he’s doing now. When he’s hitting balls on the range he’s not doing that. He stays level. He gets under the gun and loads up and the golf ball is going here (points right). And then after you hit eight over there to the right you back off and hit one to the left.
“I can only push the envelope so far [in reaching out]. You can’t help somebody unless they ask,” O’Meara added. “I love the kid. I love him and respect him, and he’s made a big difference in my life. I might not have won those majors at 41 without him around. When you play against him, he elevates your game.
“So watching what has happened to his golf game, it’s hard. It’s very hard.”

I always advocate hitting balls from a fairway bunker as one of the best methods of practising, as your body movement has to be perfect and in the right direction in order to make decent contact. The soft nature of the sand will highlight any excess body movement and will make you maintain your height. But I’d rather you use a shorter iron – like a 9 iron – with its slightly steeper swing plane and angle of attack that will increase the chances of bad contact.

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Barry is the founder of Get Golfing South Africa and has been a PGA Professional since 2009. He has international coaching experience from The USA and worked as a golf director in South Africa since 2007 before starting Get Golfing South Africa in 2014. Barry is an R&A qualified referee and regularly officiates on the Sunshine Tour including events co-sanctioned with The European Tour.
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