Golfers who customarily take pains to obtain a firm, correct stance before hitting their shots go to sleep frequently in this department when confronted with recovering from a bunker. I have in mind those times when the ball lies within the concave dip of a bunker in such a position that the player must stand a few inches above it or below it.
While there isn't much, as regards the stance, that a player can do if the ball lies above him—aside from making sure that he is properly balanced—when the ball lies below him he can greatly enhance his chances of a good shot if he will shovel his feet into the sand until they are down to the same level as the ball. He can then move into hitting the shot without "dropping" his swing inches below its normal plane in order to make the desired contact with the ball or the sand behind the ball.
The next time you are faced with this predicament, simply take your regular stance. Then, as you line yourself up and soak in the shot generally, squidge your heels back and forth in the sand until your feet and the ball are resting on the same level. You will probably play better trap shots, and really, you should, since you've made the shot an appreciably easier one.
from BETTY JAMESON, San Antonio C. C., San Antonio, Texas
July 15, 1956
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