Originally Posted by Vinsk
It would be helpful to get a POV shot of the club face on the setup. I struggle with bunkers. I seldom move the ball a few feet. What I do is skid right off the sand and hit the ball 40 yds over the green. It feels like I'm hitting right under the ball and spinning it like crazy..and off it goes sailing away. Even when I focus on hitting well behind the ball, good amount of sand yet I feel my club face clearly striking the ball.
Hope that's a good description. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
Are you playing in firm sand? Because that will change a few things in the way you approach the shot.
Also, just to repeat what Erik said in post #56, don't try to hit "well behind the ball." Try to hit only an inch or two behind it. It's possible you're playing in firm sand, and hitting too far behind it can kick the clubhead into the ball, resulting in the worst kind of skull (I'm just guessing though because I've never seen your swing).
Like Mike said above, weight location and handle location largely dictate the swing's low point, so make sure you don't have them both too far back at impact. At the same time, it's so important that the lead wrist goes from flat to cupped very quickly after impact (and slightly through it). Mike said it might feel like "tossing a ball underhanded." It could feel like "scooping ice creme" with your right hand. I personally like thinking of it as a well-timed mega flip with lots of speed, but that's just me (and there would be more speed used in normal, fluffy type sand. Less in firm sand, relatively).
Anyway, I'm rambling.
Ideally, if people have problems with their bunker game (or any part of their game), they should post videos of their swing. Then the community has a real opportunity to help.