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Lessons from the pros: Escaping green-side bunkers

Many golfers are so scared of bunkers they will purposely aim away from them so their ball does not go near them. Here is a fool-proof way to get the ball out each and every time.

The first thing you want to do when you enter a green-side bunker is dig those feet in to see how much sand is in the bunker. If there is a lot, you know you can really swing down and through.

If the bunker does not have a lot of sand or the sand is compacted you want to be careful about the club “bouncing” off the sand. After you dig your feet in, you want to set up with a slightly open stance and put your weight on the leg closest to the target.

Your weight on your front foot will help you make contact with the sand instead of just the ball. When you are in a green-side bunker and have a short shot (10 feet to 30 feet) envision a dollar bill behind your golf ball. Try and “splash” that club head in the sand about 2 inches behind the ball and accelerate through toward the target.

Here is a quick review:

1. Dig feet in the sand.

2. Set up slightly open to target.

3. Get your weight on your front foot.

4. Envision a dollar bill behind the golf ball and “splash” the club head into the sand 2 inches behind the ball.

5. Accelerate through the ball toward the target.

Follow these simple steps and you will not be scared to aim at pins tucked behind bunkers anymore.

Chris Kulinski is the head professional at East Aurora Country Club. For Kulinski’s video demonstration of this tip, go to www.buffalonews.com/video. WNY PGA club pros will offer weekly tips in Wednesday’s editions of The News.

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