Wet Sand and Other Early Season Challenges
With the season just getting underway, we typically run into challenges on the golf course that we don't find all that often other times of the year. So, I thought I would address a couple of them today, and you guys can toss in others that you’d like me to chime in on. Today’s starting point is the subject of wet, packed bunkers, and is courtesy of a question from Adam from Chicago, who wrote:
"With the season just about to get under way in the Midwest, I am not looking forward to the hard packed, wet bunkers that usually cover the course during March and April. What is the correct technique for getting out of these hazards?Well, Adam, hard packed bunkers can present a challenge, but if you use the right technique, I believe you will find these shots to be much less daunting. The first thing to do is to gauge the firmness of the sand when you walk into the bunker and take your stance. Some wet sand is actually not all that packed and hard, while other sand can present a very firm subsurface to the shot. Accordingly you can take one of two approaches to recovery.
If the sand is wet and heavy, but not all that packed, hit the shot like any other bunker shot, but make two allowances for the conditions:
The early season hasn’t yet allowed the grass to develop to its mid-season cushiony texture, so the ball is sitting down much tighter than it will be in July. But because the course superintendent is stimulating the growth, he’s probably pouring the water to it. So, you have a lie that is tight, but on softer turf that doesn’t provide the “rejecting force” to your wedge that you’d like. This shot might be the toughest in golf. It takes a good technique and . . . . lots of nerve on your part to trust it and stay with it. Here’s how I approach these:
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