Gary Player’s ‘Light The Match’ Analogy
When you light a match, you don’t just slowly drag the match along the box. You flick it fast — kkkkshhhhhhttttt! You do the same thing when you play out of the bunker. Don’t try to slide the club slowly through the sand — it won’t come out! Instead, flick it through the sand, accelerating rapidly. The ball will pop out with lots of spin.
- Open your stance (your BASE) until the clubface aims back at the target.
- Dig your feet into the sand (stabilizing your BASE). Digging your feet guarantees that your swing will bottom out and strike the sand first, one or two inches behind the ball.