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Essential Tips For Tackling Plugged Bunker Lies

Bunkers, no matter their size, nor positioning on the course, can be a dreaded part of any players’ game, regardless of his skill level. Getting plugged only adds to that fear and is a part of the repertoire required to be competitive when faced with such an unfortunate lie. Here are some tips, both practical and mental for dealing with the unpleasant occasion of been plugged in a bunker, or as some call it, a fried egg.

  • Practise! No part of the game is good unless hours are scheduled into working on the game; besides sand-saves are a vital component to any players’ game and keeping the dreaded bogeys and worse numbers away from the scorecard. This refers to plugging the ball in the bunker yourself, vary the position, on the face or near the lip of the bunker, at the back even and hit a bucket of balls that u have buried, to get a good feel for the shot.

  • Have no fear! Remember all that time practising will pay off in the competition/tournament, and it will all be worthwhile. But more importantly, don’t stress if your ball does plug, you have done all the hard work to be sure you can handle the situation. Sometimes the best shot you can do is to get the ball out of the bunker, only advancing it a few metres/yards or even backwards.

  • Alter your technique! Closing the face of the club will allow the wedge to dig deeper into the bunker, thus moving more sand and getting the ball into the air. Keep your hands quiet and stand back in your stance a little to allow your weight to force the club down well back from the balls’ lie.

  • Repair the bunker appropriately! Make sure to rake the bunker once you have played your shot, to avoid plugged lies and other frustrations for your contemporaries on the course. Respecting the course will allow you to succeed more readily, as you will be more familiar with all aspects of the game.

Overall, bunker play is a vital cog in the mastering of golf, as par is often equally important a score, given some circumstances, and without a good sand-saving game par is often unattainable. Plugged lies in the bunker rightfully instil dread into some players, as often the best result is just getting out of the sand, this is fine, just make your next shots better, and practise regularly so it doesn’t ruin your round.

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Those who are adventurous area also able to take some time after their golfing exploits, to enjoy some of the country’s deep sea fishing expeditions, among a host of other water sporting activities that line the sea shore. Truly Portugal is paradise not just for the avid golfer, but it is one place where anyone would be happy to visit at any time of the year.


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