Taking Sand After Impact
by Denis Pugh
Why taking sand after the ball is as important as what you take before it.
Delivering a shallow swing arc through the impact area is the key to successful and consistent greenside sand play. Here's a thought that will help you to do just that.
In practice, score a couple of lines in the sand, some six to eight inches apart, and place the ball midway between them.
The key is to focus on taking a shallow divot of sand that extends all the way from the first line (your point of entry) all the way to the second line, beyond the ball.
That's your exit strategy. If you focus on stretching the divot of sand all the way to that second line, you'll soon develop a shallow swing that rewards you with a controlled escape every time.