MassLive Asks Daril How To Get Out Of A Bunker

Titleist Fitness Instructor, Daril Pacinella, is a golf professional who works at Longhi’s Golf Facility in Southwick, Mass. Believe it or not, Pacinella is the director of instruction there coaching many players and has been chosen as Golf Magazine’s Top 100 instructors in America recently. This week on MassLive, a reader asked Daril for advice on how to get out a bunker.

Here was his answer:

“The biggest problem people have when they leave the ball in the bunker is the ball is usually too far back in the stance. This creates too steep of a backswing, which then causes too steep of a downswing. This causes the club to dig too deeply into the sand.

First, play the ball more forward in your stance, rather than in the center of your stance. Just inside your left heel would be good.

Second, I want you to set up to the ball and get more into a sitting position rather than a normal setup position Feel like you’re sitting in a chair. This will keep more of your weight on your backside, helping you not to swing the club too steeply into the ball. By doing these two things this should help you get the ball out of the bunker on the first attempt.

Have fun and enjoy the game,


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