Allen Terrell, director of coaching for the Dustin Johnson Golf School at TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, S.C., has a three-step tutorial for how you can improve your bunker play.
See the whole video below, and check out the video excerpt that focuses on setup:
“Let's walk over here and go through how to setup properly so you can get out of the bunker every time. A few keys is with our setup. One is understanding the makeup of the wedge that we talked about earlier. Now, it's how we set up to the ball. Your stance is the second widest one in golf behind the driver. It's pretty wide, wide knees, wide feet. Understanding how important it is to have this shaft more straight up and down. Remember bunker shots are the one time that we really want the club to pass our hands. We don't want to pull with the handle coming through. We want to let the club pass our hands. At address, you want to try to get the butt of the club pointed at your belt buckle …
“If you're struggling in the bunkers, the best way is to start with a square face. Don't open it. Opening it, that doesn't make you hit it higher. All that does is it adds bounce to the club. I always like for people to be able to hit it with a square face first, and then you can work on more specialty shots of opening the club up. Start with a square face, a nice neutral shaft, no shaft forward. If you push the shaft forward, what it'll do is it'll make the club come back inside and closed, and that’s another really difficult position to recover from in the bunker. Nice neutral shaft, nice square face. We want to keep the lower body pretty steady, and in the bunker is just a little bit more arm swing where you're trying to feel like the club's going to pass your hands before you get to the golf ball.
“You get setup that way, you'll get maximum spin, maximum height. You'll be able to hit those short-sided bunker shots pretty well. I guarantee you'll get out of the bunker every time …”