Explosion Shot a Good Weapon Outside the Bunker, Golf Swing Tip

A basic bunker shot is called an “explosion” because that’s exactly what it looks like – an explosion of sand which sends the ball into the air.

Under normal conditions, a bunker shot is the only time you want to hit behind the golf ball, but the explosion shot can be useful outside the sand as well.

Here are a few examples of greenside situations that call for an explosion:

  • When you must play the ball from a muddy or soft lie.
  • When your ball sits in thick rough and there’s no chance of hitting it cleanly.
  • From a spot where there’s sand around and beneath the grass -- beside a bunker, for instance.

Essentially, any time you’ve got an extremely soft lie that increases the chances of hitting the ball fat, consider hitting the shot fat on purpose. The difference is, you’ll swing harder knowing that the club will enter the ground behind the ball – just like you would in a bunker.

Execute the non-bunker explosion the same as a regular sand shot:

  • Address the ball with an open stance. The more open you stand, the higher the ball will fly.
  • The ball should be in the middle, or slightly forward of the middle, of your stance.
  • Make sure your footing is stable, with plenty of width between the feet and good knee flex.
  • The clubface should be square to the target, or a bit open depending on how high you want to hit the ball.
  • Pick a spot an inch or two behind the ball where you want the club to contact the turf.
  • Swing with the line of your body, focusing on your chosen spot – not the ball – and accelerating through the shot.

The ball will often come out “knuckling,” with little or no spin, so prepare for some roll when it lands on the green.