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Golf Pro's Tip of the Week  

The practice swing! - 25th March 2020 
 
Over the month of March, l will continue to use articles from Harvey Penick’s ‘Little Red Book’ to help you lower your scores. 
 
"How many times have you seen an average golfer take 2 or 3 beautiful practice swings, and then step up to the ball and make a swing that is totally different and causes an ugly shot" writes Harvey. 
 
This is something ‘all’ golfers have seen, l see it every day. The practice swing (for all shots - short game as well) should be a ‘rehearsal’ of what you intend to do during your ‘actual’ shot. Do one good practice swing, then hit the ball. This is better than doing two or three bad practice swings.... plus this takes too long, in an age where we want to encourage quicker rounds of golf. 
 
MY BIG TIP - Harvey suggests that instead of a practice swing where you hit air (maybe 6 inches above the ground), make a point of aiming at something - cut off a dandelion or a blade of grass during your swing. This is especially good when playing from sloping lies - never take another practice swing without aiming at something!! This could be useful in our current climate when practicing putting inside the house, or when taking practice swings in the garden. 
 
 
Hope this helps your game – if you would like to book a lesson with myself Richard Banks once we reopen, please call on 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know. 
Hitting from the top! - 18th March 2020 
 
Over the month of March, l will continue to use articles from Harvey Penick’s ‘Little Red Book’ to help you lower your scores. 
 
‘Hitting from the top’ or producing a ‘shank’ are very common problems for most golfers. On Page 79 in his book, Harvey suggests a few ways to cure these familiar problems. There are lots of reasons players make these errors - it could be problems with their set up, backswing or that most players throw their arms away from their body at the start of the downswing. This results in the club path swinging outside the ball - producing a pull or slice shot.  
 
MY BIG TIP - My preferred drill from Harvey's book is the ‘2 ball drill’. Simply put 2 balls on the ground about 2 inches apart - set up to the outside ball and hit the inside ball. In picture 1, you will see in the set up there is daylight between my arms and legs. 
In picture 2 at impact when hitting the inside ball, my arms are closer to my body. Please practice this on the range, the strike will not be great to begin with but it is a good habit to learn - you might even see a little ‘draw’ start to happen!!! 
Hope this helps your game – if you would like to book a lesson with myself, Richard Banks, please call on 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Previous Pro-Tips Are Featured Below 
Half of your score is 60 yards in! - 11th March 2020 
 
Over the month of March, l will be continuing on from last week's Pro’s Tip, by using articles from Harvey Penick’s ‘Little Red Book’ to help you lower your scores. 
 
Page 47 - How to knock 5 strokes off your game. 
 
Harvey writes the following:  
"For 2 weeks, devote 90 percent of your practice time to chipping and putting, and only 10 percent to the full swing". 
 
I’ve been there before, as a youngster, hitting most of the balls in practice with my driver! I always encourage my pupils to mix up the club selection on the range, hit a few 1/2 wedges, then move onto the full swing - this is when grooving in a setup or swing change.... so it’s a no to the driver! 
For the purpose of this tip, if you feel your short game is a weak area, then ‘change how you practice’. I would recommend about 45% putting and 45% shots around the green, including bunkers. 
 
MY BIG TIP - Write down the amount of time you practice per week. Then work out the amount of time you practice with a particular club. On reflection, write a new ‘practice programme’ to include more shots within 60 yards of the green. In a few weeks you should find your confidence and scores improving. If not come and see me! 
 
I hope this helps your game and if you would like to book a lesson with myself, Richard Banks, please call on 01234 822555 or email to rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. 
Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know. 
A trip down memory lane! - 4th March 2020 
 
I was given a golf book when l was 14 years old, by a big American guy we met on holiday in Florida - both families became close friends as we used to meet up each year in the sunshine state. Dudley and I played many rounds together, we used to play for a ‘whopper’ burger each time. For a big guy he didn’t hit very far, due to a ‘power fade’ but he could score..... as far as winning l think we were pretty even, but l remembered back then the burger would taste ‘much’ better when someone else was paying!! 
 
The reason for this article is that I recently read the book again, and forgot that he had written inside the book (please see both pictures). Reading the book as a 40 year old golf professional gives me a whole new perspective. The equipment has changed dramatically, but the basic grip and fundamentals of the swing remain relatively unchanged. 
There are many ‘method’ ways of swinging a golf club. But, we are all different shapes, sizes, have different levels of flexibility and injury problems. So, with this in mind, should ‘the left heel’ move in the golf swing? On Page 60 of his book, he talks about how a slight lifting of the heel encourages a fuller turn in the backswing and a more classic overall swing - Jack Nicklaus did it - he was pretty successful!! 
 
The modern way is to keep the left heel on the ground. For me, l like to see a good turn during the backswing - if a pupil can do this by keeping the heel down, great. If not, that heel needs to come up..... a little. This is for someone that lacks a bit of flexibility or has an injury that effects their turn. The conclusion is - we are all different, you shouldn’t be trying to copy a young athlete on the PGA tour if you are twice their age. 
 
MY BIG TIP - If you get chance read ‘Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book’. It’s full of useful tips for the senior golfer and has some interesting short stories. As always when reading a golf book, take one piece of information at a time and see if it works for you! 
 
Hope this helps your game – if you would like to book a lesson with myself Richard Banks, please call on 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Stay connected! - 26th February 2020 
 
Thank you this week to BGC member Matt Hazzard, he joined us from Pavenham last year and is enjoying his time at our club. Matt hits the ball nicely and doesn't seem to do too much wrong. However, he was getting ‘a little over the top’ during his downswing, which means he struggled a little with the driver. 
 
You will see from the first picture that Matt had his left arm detaching from his body on the backswing - this doesn't encourage a good shoulder turn which is the most important part of the backswing. Because of this sequence of movements, it can encourage a steeper downswing. 
 
In the second picture, you will see Matt’s left arm much closer to his body - this encourages early shoulder rotation during the backswing. It also helps the arms work together with the body, which normally helps a downswing ‘hit more from the inside’. 
MY BIG TIP - if you hit a fade, or slice and are in need of a little more distance. Try putting a glove under your left arm (right handed players) between your bicep and chest, you should try and keep the glove attached on the backswing and let it fall naturally as you complete the swing. This will help the arms and body stay more connected during the backswing - one thing most great players have in common! 
 
Hope this helps your game – if you would like to book a lesson with myself Richard Banks, please call on 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
It’s all in the hips! - 19th February 2020 
 
Thank you this week to BGC member John Esam. John is on his 3rd lesson - lesson 1 was focused on gaining distance and the last 2 lessons have been on improving short game. John has had lessons in the past, and has always taken onboard some basic changes and improved his game - I’m sure his latest programme of lessons is no different! 
 
You will see from the first picture (blue lines) John’s finish position is short and very low. This produces a low, short ball flight, not ideal for bunkers. 
In the second picture (red lines) you will see John in a higher position with his hands and a more complete finish - this is where you see the Pros!  
 
Growing up playing ‘Links Golf’ l'm used to playing the odd bunker shot - you will see in the third picture me rotating my body through. 
MY BIG TIP - just in case you find yourself in a bunker!! Think about your finish position, make sure you rotate your body through impact and finish with your chest facing towards the target. Many players think it’s a ‘hand and arm’ swing, but you need to turn that body.... this helps accelerate when you hit the sand and encourages more backspin, so those shots fly out higher. 
 
Hope this helps your game – if you would like to book a lesson with myself Richard Banks, please call on 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com.  
(Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Shoulders, shoulders, shoulders! - 12th February 2020 
 
The position of your shoulders at impact can determine the clubhead's path and angle of attack, so let’s start thinking more about them. 
 
Thank you this week to BGC member Anne Godden. Anne started lessons in December (I had given Jim lessons previously) and during this particular lesson l looked at her chipping. 
 
Anne’s all round game is good, though we are going through each area to sharpen things up. 
 
You will see from the first picture (blue lines) that Anne’s shoulders and spine are quite tilted in relation to the ground, which gives the impression of the eyes looking at the back of the ball! 
 
When putting & chipping we should stand close to the ball, with shoulders level to the ground (or as level as you can get) 
You will see Anne in the second picture (green lines) demonstrating this well. This will allow her to make a more natural ‘angle of attack’ into the ball, so she doesn’t scoop the ball into the air - which generally causes a player to catch the ground before the ball..... sound familiar? 
 
MY BIG TIP - when putting & chipping look more at the top of the ball and feel that your shoulders are more parallel to the ground. Please note - when you play with the longer clubs, you can look more at the back, because the ball position moves forward towards the target, which should naturally tilt the shoulders & spine. 
 
Hope this helps your game – if you would like to book a lesson with myself Richard Banks, please call on 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Remember - We do have a driving range! 
- February 2020 
 
Thank you this week to BGC member Paul Adaway. Paul is a typical pupil for me, someone who wants a monthly check up just to keep on top of those bad habits that tend to creep into the set up, or swing. 
 
Paul, recently got his name ‘on the wall’ for winning the Jappy Boxing Day Challenge, so well done for that - a goal many members have. 
As you can see in the first picture Paul’s setup is good, his spine angle (red line) is correct. 
The picture below (blue & red lines) shows that Paul lifts up during the backswing (the blue line is his new spine position) - this is a common fault, which results is a steep downswing. 
In the third picture you will see Paul maintains his spine angle (red line) throughout his backswing - this is a much better position and will help improve his angle of attack into the ball - resulting in straighter, higher shots. 
MY BIG TIP - when warming up through the winter months on the range, get a mat in front of a mirror and get into good golf posture with a club across your shoulders (parallel to the ground). When you do your swing rotations, peek in the mirror to make sure one shoulder is going ‘lower’ than the other - this will help maintain the spine angle, throughout the swing (until the finish position, when the head and spine move upwards). 
 
Hope this helps your game – if you would like to book a lesson with myself Richard Banks, please call on 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Say Cheese! - 29th January 2020 
 
Thank you this week to BGC member Ray Filip. Ray has been having regular lessons since joining the club about 7 years ago and I’m pleased to say his swing is the best I’ve seen to date. 
 
Ray generally hits the ball nicely, but sometimes his finish position is a little off balance (please see the picture of his body aiming right of target). This was originally caused by too much movement of his front foot (foot closest to the target) during the swing. For good contact, its always best not to move the front foot at all! 
During Ray’s lessons we have been talking about moving his legs better through impact, so he completes the swing - this will improve distance, but more importantly his consistency (please see the picture of his body aiming towards the target). 
 
MY BIG TIP - when hitting balls, turn your hips through impact so your belt buckle faces towards your target. When finishing your swing - imagine someone is taking your picture. You should be able to say ‘cheese’ and maintain your finish position for a couple of seconds. This is important - especially on those windy days!! 
 
Hope this helps your game – if you would like to book a lesson with myself Richard Banks please call on 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Perfect Putting! - 22nd January 2020 
 
Following on from last week, where l talked about keeping the head ‘up’ to create good posture during a full swing - a Member had asked if this is correct for putting.... so here we go. 
 
When putting, it is important to get your head on the same line as the ‘ball to target line’. This involves getting close to the ball. l like to have the chin down and eyes looking directly down on the ball (please see the picture). Then, let your arms hang down - do not bend your elbows! 
 
MY BIG TIP - check you have the correct putter! Over the last 20 years as a coach, l have cut many putters down - to encourage straighter arms. Fitted thicker grips - to reduce wrist action. 
Also, I recommend different types of putter depending on the needs of the player. For example, a player who struggles with alignment or a centred strike / may need a larger putter head, or someone with a curved stroke would need a toe weighted putter. 
 
Please pop in the shop and have a chat - don’t forget to bring in your current putter to help us recommend ‘your way’ to better putting!! 
 
Hope this helps – if you need more information from me, Richard, or one of the other Professionals here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Pro's Tip Of The Week - 15th January 2020 
 
Keep your head down!! 
 
Thank you this week to Will MacLennan, some of you may recognise the surname as Torquill MacLennan is a member of BGC. I met Will before Christmas and he is keen to improve and play more golf this year (a potential member, maybe!). 
 
Will swings well, it is only when we put this on a slo-mo video that we can pick up some faults. This is when we can sit and discuss his strengths and weaknesses and put a programme in place for the months ahead. 
 
Will is a good example of a player keeping their head down at setup and during the swing - please see picture below. The chin should be higher, this way a player can make a swing whilst keeping the head steady. 
Creating your best spine angle is very important before you swing. It is important to ‘arch’ the lower part of your spine, this helps to lift your chin to the correct position - please see picture of myself above. 
 
MY BIG TIP - I’ve heard some coaches say you need to straighten up the lower part of the spine, if you do this it unfortunately encourages a curved shoulder position which is not good. So, let’s keep it simple - before you start your swing make sure you stick your bottom out for all shots. 
 
Hope this helps – if you need more information from myself Richard, or one of the other Professionals here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Pro's Tip Of The Week - 8th January 2020 
 
Focus! 
 
Thank you this week to BGC Junior Member William Mowe, William has come through the ranks of my Junior Roll Up Sessions (Beginners) then through more structured (Intermediate) sessions. Now he has individual sessions, and is enjoying playing golf with the County. I’m sure he will have a great season and will be a big part of our new junior plans for 2020 under new Junior Organiser John Owen. 
 
There are lots of good things l can say about William's position at the top of his backswing, but for this article, you will see as he turns his shoulders the head has rotated slightly (red arrow). This helps the eyes ‘focus’ on the back of the ball - which is correct. 
Again, William gets in a great position before impact (look at the lag created between the left arm & shaft of the club - great for distance). But, what we have recently been working on is a better head position. You will see (blue arrow) that his eyes are now ahead of the ball, which is his current fault. 
 
MY BIG TIP - I’m doing various things with William to improve his head position during the swing. What l encourage most players to do is simply mark their ball with a sharpie pen. Position the ball with the mark at the back of the ball (in relation to target) and focus on this mark until the point of impact (no peeking where you think the ball is going!). With current winter rules, as long as find the fairway you could do this on most golf shots. 
 
 
Hope this helps – if you need more information from myself Richard, or one of the other Professionals here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
 
Pro's Tip Of The Week - 18th December 2019 
 
One to watch in 2020!! 
 
Thank you this week to BGC member Jason Hannon - Jason is a pleasure to coach because he loves the game, practices hard and plays at every opportunity. 
 
Jason has progressed nicely over the last couple of years, but l still see areas where he can improve and l’m confident he will continue this trend. 
 
During recent lessons we have been talking about his body movement during the backswing. For me, the ‘start’ of the backswing should be a rotation of the upper body with little leg action. Before, Jason straightened his right leg too early, which resulted in a tilt in his shoulders and a loss of height! 
 
You will see in picture 1 (below), the right leg straightens too quickly, this encourages the club to swing low and around the body - not ideal! 
In picture 2 (below), the right leg maintains flex, this encourages the club to swing back in a better direction. 
MY BIG TIP - to improve your contact with the ball - maintain flex in your right leg (right handed golfers) during the backswing. ‘Feel’ that your leg maintains in its original position of the set-up, for the first part of the backswing. 
 
Hope this helps. If you need more information from myself Richard, or one of the other Professionals here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. 
 
Also, if you would like to comment on this article, or feature in a future one, please let me know. 
Pro's Tip Of The Week - 11th December 2019 
 
Extra 20 yards anyone? 
 
Thank you this week to BGC member (and Chairman) Steve Coppock. Like most golfers, Steve is in search of more distance with the driver. He asked for an extra 60 yards, l gave him 20 yards.... not a bad start! 
 
After looking at data on our GC2 launch monitor, it was clear the clubface was open (this shapes the ball to the right and increases loft) both of which reduce distance. So, we had to close the clubface (to use the correct loft and make the ball fly straighter) both of which will increase distance. 
 
In the picture - you will see Steve in a good position near the top of his backswing. What l wanted Steve to do is use his hands & arms more in the swing - in order to let the club do the work! 
 
MY BIG TIP - Turn your golf club the other way round (so the grip end is nearer the ground). With a ‘very light grip’ pressure, make some swings & feel your wrists & forearms working much more than normal, gradually increase the speed and listen to the ‘swoosh’ at impact - this helps release the club & increase clubhead speed!! 
 
Hope this helps – if you need more information from myself Richard, or one of the other Professionals here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Pro's Tip Of The Week - 4th December 2019 
 
Perfect pitching! Thank you this week to B.G.C. member Derek Freeman. Derek has had lessons throughout this year and like many golfers he used to scoop the ball into the air - causing poor contact. Now he regularly hits through the ball better - as a result of better leg action on the downswing. 
 
The 2 pictures are very different! In the first picture below you will see Derek bending with the arms to try and get the ball into the air - this is a common fault. 
In picture 2, you will see a much improved position - arms straighter, better leg action & weight on his front foot. 
MY BIG TIP - When around the green in wet conditions, select the correct club & get a little weight on your front foot. On the downswing, ‘stretch’ the arms through impact towards the target. Let the club's ‘loft’ do it’s job...don’t try to scoop! 
 
Hope this helps – if you need more information from myself Richard, or one of the other Professionals here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Pro's Tip Of The Week - Nov 27th 2019 
 
Thank you this week to B.G.C. Member Olly Monks, and congratulations for getting down to a 3 handicap. As you can see from his golf attire he has come straight from work! 
 
Not many days go past where Olly doesn’t use the range - it's good to see the practice is paying off. Recently, we have been working on the start of his swing. A few weeks ago, he was starting the swing with 'too many moving parts'. 
 
Both pictures here are showing improved version. Picture 1 below shows Olly's club in the correct position as he starts his backswing, the red ‘X’ marks the position where he was swinging the clubhead before. The problem was being too wristy when he starting the golf swing, causing the clubhead to go away from his body. 
In Picture 2 above, the red ‘X’ marks the position where the clubhead was at the top, this was a direct result of a poor start! The start of the swing should be a ‘rotation of the underbody’. The hands and arms should be passive, as Olly now uses his wrists later it then puts the club in a great position at the top - one to copy! 
 
MY BIG TIP - l often get my pupils to think, that the start of the swing is like a putting movement - a ‘slow’ twist of the shoulders! 
 
Hope this helps – if you need more information from myself Richard, or one of the other Professionals here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. (Also, if you would like to comment on this newsletter, or feature in a future one, please let me know). 
Pro's Tip Of The Week - Nov 20th 2019 
 
Sloping lies - something we should all know! 
 
All golfers (especially ones who play here) should know how to play on slopes! Most players struggle with good contact when hitting from a slope. So, consider hitting a shorter club - this will improve your chances of a better strike. 
 
Then, you should understand that your body should move ‘with’ the slope. You must try and keep your spine angle approximately 90 degrees to the slope of the ground (and maintain this posture as you swing). Please follow these simple steps when playing: 
 
* Ball above the feet - chin up. 
* Ball below the feet - chin down. 
* Uphill lie - shoulders level with ground. 
* Downhill lie - shoulders level with ground. 
Thank you this week to B.G.C. Member Ian Richardson. 
 
Ian has currently signed up for a winter coaching programme to get his game in good shape for the 2020 season and has agreed to let us use him in this week's article to demonstrate how best to play a sloping lie. 
 
We hope Ian sees some early benefits on the courses from coaching. 
In the picture below, you will see Ian hitting from a ‘downhill lie’. This is quite typical from a golfer, as you can see his shoulders are not parallel to the ground (identified with the red lines). 
In this picture of Richard, he can feel his body move in the direction of the slope. When he gets his shoulders level with the ground (identified with blue lines) he feels about 90% of his weight on his lower foot - this depends how steep the slope is! 
Whether you are new to golf or a seasoned player, the Academy @ Bedfordshire has all you need to learn, improve and enjoy your golf. All our facilities are available to both members and visitors to the club. 
 
Our team of dedicated P.G.A. qualified coaching Professionals, offer a range of coaching packages that can be tailor made to suit any golfer of any standard. On course playing lessons are available on both the Championship, and Academy courses. 
 
Our 24 bay covered and floodlit driving range, along with top quality two piece balls and sure strike mats, give you the chance to learn and improve your golf whatever the weather.  
 
We have also provided a superb array of targets which have all been individually measured for distance from each bay and included on our range maps. Clubs can also be provided for those using the range. 
 
The excellent putting green, practise bunkers, and short game area are a great facility, and vital to anyone looking for a long term improvement to their game. 
 
The Academy also has the use of an indoor GC2 launch monitor for those players wishing for a deeper understanding of the shots they are hitting, or for club fitting. The use of this can be included as part of any coaching package. 
 
The 18 hole Championship course provides an excellent challenge all year round. The shorter Academy course gives the novice golfer their first chance to experience all the pleasures and challenges the game of golf has to offer. 
 
E-mail academy@bedfordshiregolf.com or call 01234 822555 for any more information. 
Pro's Tip Of The Week - Nov 13th 2019 
 
How to hit your fairway woods! 
 
Thank you this week to B.G.C member Linda Lewington, I have been coaching Linda for a few years now since she first joined the club (apparently when l'm not available Barbara is always on hand to offer advice - lol). 
 
Many players struggle to hit fairway woods! For me, you need a perfect lie (preferred lies are now on) and stance, to have the best chance of hitting a quality shot. An alternative club would be a hybrid, which increases your chance of good contact. 
 
As you will see in picture 1 below (red lines), Linda has her shoulders level with the ground, which gives her a steep ‘angle of attack’ at impact. This encourages a low ball flight (not good for these winter conditions). 
In picture 2 (blue lines), Linda has tilted her shoulders to increase her chances on hitting up on the ball - this will help increase loft at impact. This will increase her carry distance and total distance. 
When moving the ball forward in the stance, players tend to put more weight on their front foot! Try not to do this - instead when moving the ball forward in your stance, focus at the back of the ball - this will help the shoulders ‘tilt’ in the correct manner. TIP - this also works great for the driver!! Try it. 
 
Hope this helps – if you need more information from myself Richard, or one of the other Professionals, Steve or Denise, here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email me on rb@bedfordshiregolf.com. 
 
(Also, if you would like to feature in this newsletter please let us know.) 
Pro's Tip Of The Week - Nov 6th 2019 
 
How do l play from Wet Bunkers? - by Richard Banks 
 
During a lesson with one of our members last week, this question was asked by a pupil. If you've been away with me on my Portugal Coaching Trip, you will know l talk about the different types of sand ‘soft’ or ‘hard’. 
 
I then go onto discuss the ‘bounce angle’ on a wedge (the angle below the clubface - this encourages the sole of the club to either skim or dig into the sand). 
 
Basically, the standard way of playing a bunker shot out of ‘soft’ sand is to aim the clubface to the right of the target, and feet left. 
 
To play out of WET ‘hard’ sand you need to aim the clubface left of target, and feet right. 
 
Please see picture - the red line identifies the target line, the blue lines help to show the direction of the clubface & feet. 
Once the set up is correct, play your normal bunker swing & let the club dig into the sand. TOP TIP - use a lob wedge! 
(Please note: this article is based on a right handed golfer - the opposite is required for a left handed golfer). 
 
Hope this helps – if you need more information from myself Richard, or one of the other Professionals here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email us on proshop@bedfordshiregolf.com. 
Pro's Tip of The Week - Oct 30th 2019 
 
What to do in the Thick Wet Rough 
Over the last few weeks, course conditions have really changed – it's wet out there!! When you find yourself in the wet rough, the club-head will slow down & twist closed (de-loft the club-face) through impact so it could be time to take your medicine and follow these tips: 
 
1. Lie & Stance - If the lie is bad and / or you are on a slope, you need to use a shorter more lofted club. This is because the ball will come out very low and to the left of target (for right handed players). 
2. Set up - Grip down on the handle and get closer to the ball. Make sure your grip pressure is tighter than normal so you have more control over the club-face when it tries to twist at impact. 
3. Swing - For me, it's important to know that you need a steeper angle of attack during the strike – so you hit as little wet grass as possible. There are lots ways to achieve this, I generally get my pupils to use there ‘hands and arms’ more during the backswing. Get the ‘feel’ that you are picking up the club with very little leg action. Then during the downswing accelerate hard through impact. 
Hope this helps – if you need more information from myself Richard, or one of the other Professionals here at Bedfordshire Golf Club, please contact us by calling 01234 822555 or email us on proshop@bedfordshiregolf.com. 
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