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Hard Sand


The sand is shallower, coarser, or wetter than the type of sand that you are used to playing in.


The ball will fly out of this sand type faster. The trick to playing in coarse, shallow or wet sand is to plan to enter the sand closer to the ball than you usually do and to use a more level swing.


Use your pitching wedge or a lob wedge to help penetrate the sand a little easier. Set up with more weight on your lead leg and try to keep your bodyweight placed in this distribution. A stronger grip with your forward hand can help you hold the clubface open in this type of sand. Place the ball in the center of your stance. As you take the clubhead back, try to keep the clubhead moving along the target line or just outside of it.

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