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I am having serious problems in the sand. I maybe make 1 shot per 18 from the sand, but was practicing today and it was ugly.

I've been following the advice of Mickelson and his instructional DVD but I can't seem to get a good hold of the ball from the sand. It seems like I keep chunking it and the ball goes 5 feet, even with a pretty good swing.

I am a good chipper and have great control, and I feel like I'm doing the same swing in the sand, I just can't figure it out!

Any tips?
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If your chunking it, you probably haven't opened the clubface enough. It should look like the face is almost horizontal. Then, make sure you play the ball forward in your stance, almost off your forward heel. Open your stance about 15 degrees to offset the opening of the clubface, and swing along your stance line. Keep your weight on your front foot throughout the swing. Aim for a point in the sand about 2 to 4" behind the ball. Just try to skim the club under the ball, so that you hit the sand (and consequently, the ball) onto the green.

It will take some practice to develop the "thump" that signifies a good bunker shot, but do the above, and you should be on your way. Good luck.
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If your chunking it, you probably haven't opened the clubface enough. It should look like the face is almost horizontal. Then, make sure you play the ball forward in your stance, almost off your forward heel. Open your stance about 15 degrees to offset the opening of the clubface, and swing along your stance line. Keep your weight on your front foot throughout the swing. Aim for a point in the sand about 2 to 4" behind the ball. Just try to skim the club under the ball, so that you hit the sand (and consequently, the ball) onto the green.

Sadly I was doing all of the above! Ball foward, club plenty open, stance adjusted, weight forward. BLAH.
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Sadly I was doing all of the above! Ball foward, club plenty open, stance adjusted, weight forward. BLAH.

This might be terrible advice according to some people...but I really feel like I am releasing the club early (i.e. flipping) on sand shots, and have had excellent results all season. This is the only shot I try to get wristy or flippy with, but I can't believe how solid I've been out of bunkers lately. I just pick out a pebble 2 inches behind the ball and flip away. I do keep my weight forward, but I can get out of bunkers with an open or square clubface, depending on the type of shot I want to play.

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Other possibilities to the OP:
You may just not be swinging hard enough, and/or are decelerating before impact. Mentally i still find it hard to convince myself to swing through the ball when i can see the flagstick 20 feet away, and/or i have subconscious images of the few times i've accidentally picked the ball clean and sent a greenside bunker shot 60 yards.

Equipment can make a difference, esp if you play out of pretty fine sand, then more bounce might help, as lower bounce clubs tend to dig/chunk more (although by your signature your wedges don't seem "low bounce").
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Had ONE shot from a bunker in my round today. I needed it to fly about 10 feet and roll 5-7. What did it do? Went about 2 feet to the top lip of the bunker. More practice I guess!
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Had ONE shot from a bunker in my round today. I needed it to fly about 10 feet and roll 5-7. What did it do? Went about 2 feet to the top lip of the bunker. More practice I guess!

On that shot, how far behind the ball did you enter the sand? Did the leading edge dig into the sand, rather than the bounce of the club? It sounds to me like you are hitting down into the sand, rather than skimming along the surface just under the ball. Some say to imagine your ball sitting on a dollar bill, on George Washington's face. Then just try to hit the imaginary dollar bill onto the green. Others say to imagine your ball sitting on top of a tee buried in the sand. Then try to clip the tee under the ball. But remember the leading edge can't dig into the sand. That will cause a chunk every time. Good Luck.

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