Sand Blasting

With Terri Migliaccio

Keep it simple, and you’ll never have to fear a bunker shot again, according to Westchester Country Club teaching pro Terri Migliaccio. “Don’t worry about hitting two inches behind the ball, slapping the sand or any of those other things,” she says. “If you set up right and swing through, you’ll hit a good sand shot.”

1Take an extra-wide stance with bent knees and the ball positioned at the inside of your flared left foot.

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2Put your weight slightly left but keep your left knee directly over your left foot for extra stability and your sternum centered behind the ball.


3Take a full swing with a complete shoulder turn but no movement from your hips down.

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If you swing through the sand without decelerating, Migliaccio explains, your ball will fly up and onto the green. She points out that once you’ve mastered the basic technique, it’s just a matter of practicing, to hone distance and direction until you can blast close to the cup.

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