Originally Posted by Slice of Life
Ok, so I don't have a practice area where I can practice greenside bunker shots. Needless to say, this makes me rather inconsistent. I can blast them out, but with no control for distance, so it's sort of a crap shoot.
Anyway, yesterday I decided to just play my normal chip shots with my 60, and had great results just picking it clean from the sand on about 3 holes.
Obviously you need a perfect lie for this to work, but has anyone else ever done this?
No, never. I try to imitate the way Gary Player demonstrates it on YouTube, with pretty good success. Player was an acknowledged master of the greenside bunker, and his technique is a good one to emulate.
Your "new " method is destined to be inconsistent at best. If it was a viable method, you would see the pros doing it. The problem is that it takes perfect contact every time. Fail in that, fat or thin, and the odds are that the ball will still be in the bunker for the next shot. Or if you hit it thin but with enough height to clear the lip, it's going to clear the entire green too.
I played for some 15 years before I was in a location where I had a decent short game practice facility, so I just made do. Go out late when nobody is on the course behind you and don't play golf, just practice bunker shots.
I did a similar thing to that on the par 3 course which is part of my home facility. I'd go out at a time and day when I could mostly have the course to myself and I'd play 4 or 5 bunker shots on each hole. I taught myself to at least survive greenside bunkers that way. Even now, my primary goal is to be on the green with my next shot - the closer to the hole the better, but at least somewhere on the green. I see guys on golf forums talk all the time about how they "expect" to be within 5 feet when playing from a greenside bunker, but I'm not buying it. I certainly don't see that sort of consistency on the course, even from some very good single digit handicappers. I just put it in the same bag with the 320 yard drives.