#99 Web TV: Hitting Over The Bunker Shots

Hitting Over the Bunker Shots.

What we are actually going to be working on today is practicing hitting over the bunker shots.

What I see people do when they play golf is that they freak out, they not only freak out when the ball is in the bunker, they freak out if they have to hit a ball over a bunker.  It’s like, “Oh, my God, our whole life has ended.”

It doesn’t have to be that way. The thing that you need to make sure that you do is that you actually go and practice it. Don’t leave it to a match, when you go and play your comp game, and then you say “far out, I’ve got to hit over a bunker”, if you haven’t done any work on it.  Don’t expect yourself to be able to do it because you haven’t worked at it.

We need to make sure that your head is in gear… that you know that you can hit it over the bunker no matter what and you need to make sure that you have actually practiced it in practice.

By the way, do you remember last week’s video, I would have talked to you about having soft hands.

If you haven’t seen that video make sure you see that as well because this is will help the actual activity of what you are going to do today to build your confidence in hitting over bunkers. Click here to see #98 Web TV: Improve Your Pitch Shot With This Simple Technique

We are going to do a practice swing and we are going to have that grip pressure of about five or six, nice and relaxed. Not firm so that you are going to break the club in half, just nice and relaxed.  All I want you to do, because it’s great to do this out on the golf course, choose somewhere private that is not busy and then just put heaps and heaps of ball down and just keep practicing and building your confidence.

Now what we are going to do is to have nice, soft hands not loose hands, and all I want you to work on is just swing back and through with soft hands and you just let the ball pop up.

It doesn’t matter that there is a bunker in the way, the thing is that you need to be very relaxed when you play the shot.

Now, if your technique is not great then there could be a few little issues with it… but I want you to build the confidence… have soft hands and trust.  You have to learn to trust you, and again we are just going to swing back and through, nice and easy again.

So they just pop over nice and easy.  I know you are going to say “yes, Tiff, it’s easy for you”.  It took me a long time of many, many hours of practice to be able to do this when I first started. I couldn’t do it when I first started.

So again back and through and just let them pop up.  Now, do not be too concerned where the ball ends up, don’t worry about the flag or anything like that. All we are focusing on right now is getting the ball over the bunker.

That’s all I want you to do so that when you get out on the golf course, you know that you can do this because you say to yourself ” I have done so many before. Because I have practiced it before I know I can do that.”

I want you to do it in a nice relaxed manner because when you go and play I know there is tension and you expect performance and you expect to be able to achieve instantly because you only have one shot.  The thing is when you stand over the ball when you are playing comp I want you to take a nice deep breath and then say trust yourself. Then you just do it, just nice and easy, very relaxed.

That’s what you have to go and work on.  Once you have done that leave a comment, I would love to hear your success from that.  If you are having issues with it, it will be because of technique and also not relaxed yet, too much tension in the hands.

That is a secret to playing good golf. I don’t give away too many secrets but that’s one of them.

That is your tip from Tiff for today.

To your golfing success,

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Tiffany Mika

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16 Responses to #99 Web TV: Hitting Over The Bunker Shots

  1. Karen February 23, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    Great video, love your tips. Can’t wait to go out and try that chipping over the bunker. I I have your different tips in my head when I play. 23 on the back 9 today. Very happy. Thanks Tiff.

    • Tiffany Mika February 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

      Hey Karen

      Fantastic score well done.

      Yes always take my tips with you in your head. They are meant to help you.

      Tiff 🙂

  2. Simone February 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    Awesome video as always. As usual your explanation is simple that I can feel like I can do it on my own.!

    • Tiffany Mika February 25, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

      Hey Simone

      Thank you and of course you can do it on your own. You have alot of ability you have to learn to trust yourself.

      Tiff 🙂

  3. ste February 24, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    Hi Tiff,
    Love this tip!, great video, I am practising the KIST principle.

    • Tiffany Mika February 25, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

      Hey Steph

      That’s awesome you love it. Always use the KIST Principle for everything you do in golf.


  4. Kerrie February 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi Tiff,
    Just got home from a fantastic game of golf in the heat! I’ve been playing some terrible golf over the last few months and was getting quite despondent about it. Today I went out and followed the KIST principle and also used the Eagle formula with great success. Came in with 36 stableford points and that was with 2 wipes. So, thankyou so much. I am hopeful that I may get the handicap I had a year ago back, instead of it just going up and up. Keep the tips coming. Cheers.

    • Tiffany Mika February 25, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

      Hey Kerrie

      That’s awesome news that you have taken action and applied the KIST Principle and the EAGLE FORMULA. And better still because you applied it, you have had a great result. Congratulations.

      Now you have to just keep using it to every time you play… so you keep steady.

      You can get back to where you were for sure a year ago you just need a few strategies to keep you focused to play steady golf. Look out for the First Putt Rule as well… will add another strength to your game.

      Tiff 🙂

  5. C King February 24, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    What a great tip it is about being reaxwd

  6. C King February 24, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    I meant relaxed

    • Tiffany Mika February 25, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

      Sure I know what you meant.


      Tiff 🙂

  7. Dave ONeill February 25, 2016 at 2:01 am #

    Hi Tiff: Great tip and demo. Practice and relax with soft hands especially in and around the greens. I will try this and breathe easy in and out on all my shots actually. Thanks.

    With The KIST and Eagle videos, do you mean ‘give the grass a haircut’ as different then good ball to turf contact, ie., club to make contact with ball first then grass as taught be most professionals when hitting with the irons?

    I was not able to make a reply to those videos as I do not a Facebook page. But I do want to know what you mean and think about this? I tend to be a ‘picker’ vs. a ‘digger’ with my irons but not sure if that is what you mean.

    The new videos are great and very helpful. Thanks for making them.


    • Tiffany Mika February 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

      Hey Dave

      Thanks and your are welcome about tip over bunkers.

      The KIST Principle & EAGLE Formula is designed to make golf simple. Most golfers would interpret the ‘make club make contact with ball first and then grass’ not make clean contact with the ball. I have had many players come to me with that issue in their golf game, they work on hitting the ball and constantly hit it thin and top it etc… so it was time to actually show what needs to be done. We all have different views on the best way to teach the golf game. This is my interpretation to have a more simplistic approach.

      If you mean like you are a sweeper of the ball rather than taking a deep divot then I get what you mean.

      Glad you are enjoying the videos. 🙂

      Tiff 🙂

  8. Dave ONeill February 26, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Thanks for clarifying Tiff. Yes, goal is keep it simple and that has been your approach all along.

    I won’t feel bad when I do sweep and hit it solid with or without a divot. All is good either way.

    Practice, relax and have fun. -Dave

    • Tiffany Mika February 28, 2016 at 7:46 am #

      Hey Dave

      Always keep it simple.

      Glad you understand what I mean… enjoy your golf.


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