Tip From the Archives
Wet Sand Mistakes
It is a rainy day and you cannot seem to hit a decent sand shot.
For normal sand shots, it is often great to swing hard and blast the ball out of the bunker. However, you might want to avoid doing this if the sand is packed hard or wet. Doing so will make the golf ball fly much further than you desire.
Another thing to avoid is setting the clubface square at setup. This will cause the leading edge to cut deep into the sand and slow or even stop your swing. Open the clubface to utilize the bounce. Try to think of this shot as being more like a traditional iron shot as you need to hit down so that you do not pick up too much bounce. You do not need to have a fast swing with wet sand but you do need to slap down on the sand. The clubhead will still slide under the ball with this swing so if it has been raining for several days and the sand is packed really hard, this is a sign that you will need to hit down harder on the ball. If it only rained for a little while and the sand is a little firm, just take an easy swing and slap the sand. Rule of thumb, the harder the sand, the harder you need to swing.