5-Minute Clinic
Golf Digest South Africa|May 2017
5-Minute Clinic

Add some confidence to your game.

Dave Stockton

You aren’t always going to have your best game off the tee or into the green. Even tour players struggle sometimes. But short-game skill can turn bogeys (or worse) into pars. Feeling good about your play around the greens spreads confidence throughout your bag. Targets get a little bigger; hazards look less menacing.

What’s better than halving a hole against your buddy after he hits the green in regulation, and then you knock it stiff from a green side bunker?

Nothing. Trust me. Learn the art of saving par.

– WITH MATTHEW RUDY

1 SAND PLAY

Make a big enough swing in the bunker

- Green side bunkers present a problem for players who feel they need to make a fast, short swing to get the ball out, but not hit it too far. What you should do is set up with the club face open and make a big enough back swing so that it doesn’t feel like you have to swing super fast through the sand. Make a swing as if it were a normal pitch shot outside the bunker. The goal is to hit behind the ball in the sand and keep swinging to a full, high finish.

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