Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dr John's Golf Clinic; TEEING OFF

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dr John's Golf Clinic; TEEING OFF

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Byline: TIM TAYLOR

IF I had a fiver for every time I have heard a club golfer say "there's no sand in this bunker", I would be living the life of Riley by now with my feet up on a beach alongside my home in the Caribbean, where, of course, there would be enough sand to fill the bunkers of a great many golf courses.

The truth is, it is very rare indeed that a bunker has no sand. You might find, especially after rain, that the sand is not of the texture that makes it as easy to get the sole of a sand wedge travelling through it. Or, because of various weather conditions, the sand has been compacted.

But in both cases, golfers who complain about lack of sand are doing so because there are fundamental faults in the way they execute greenside bunker shots.

There is invariably enough sand in any bunker for you to take a sliver of it with the ball. You need to hold the club nearer the top of the grip than you normally do. And whereas you normally flex your knees to play a golf shot, you need to really bend them - more like a squat - so you significantly lower your centre of gravity. …

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