October 8, 2019
So, you’ve found yourself in a sand trap out on the course. It happens to everyone on occasion but trying to get out of that sand trap can be one of the most frustrating feelings in the world. It does not matter whether you are golfing on your own or you are playing with friends who are jibing you for ending up in the trap. The sooner you can get out, the better. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips here that can help you make your way out of the dreaded sand trap a bit sooner.
Look at Your Situation
Naturally, the first thing that you will need to do is look at the current situation where you find yourself. Each time that you are stuck in a sand trap, there will be slight differences. The consistency of the sand might be different based on the weather or the location, for example. The area where the ball lands in the sand can be different, too, of course. There are many variables that will make situations different. You need to learn how to access your situation quickly, which will then make the rest of the steps easier.
Choose the Right Club
Once you have looked at your situation, you should have a better idea of what type of club you should be using. Do you need a high loft wedge or a lower loft wedge, for example? Practice with different sand wedges in different situations, and you will have a better sense of which one will work for you when you are actually in a sand trap.
Stance, Grip, and Swing
You will want to get into a stance that will keep your feet a solid base, so you are not sliding around when trying to swing. It will also help you to have a better understanding of the consistency of the sand. You will typically want to have what is known as a weak grip when in a sand trap. This will ensure proper release of the wrist hinge, which can help the ball to get out of the sand with a single swing. The swing you use will often depend on the power you need to get the ball where you need it to go.
Get Your Mind Right
You should also make sure you are getting your mind right before you get into the sand trap to try to hit your ball out. You want to make sure that you are as calm as possible. Do not listen to the inner voice that tells you that you made a mistake, and do not listen to your friends who are telling you what you did wrong and who are trying to advise you on how not to do it again. Focus only on the task at hand.
Make the Situation Familiar
While you do not like to be stuck in a sand trap, the only way to get better at getting out of the trap is to practice. This means that a part of your practice sessions should be spent in traps learning the best clubs to use and how to quickly get out of the trap. By putting some extra time into your training and focusing on sand traps, you will feel less intimidated by them.
When you use these simple tips, it will be easier for you to get out of the next sand trap that plagues your game. This way, you won’t be wasting time and strokes while your friends just shake their heads at you.