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#16 Birdie Blitz

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:18 AM

I have heard several 'pros' advise this as a tip to see what the lie will be like.

If you look at most instructional books/articles it advises this for example from Golf Monthly

 

 

"Try this!

Shuffle your feet into the sand. This improves your stability, lowers your centre of gravity and importantly, will give you an idea for how soft the sand is."


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#17 rogolf

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:16 PM

I have heard several 'pros' advise this as a tip to see what the lie will be like.

Yes, but the condition of the bunker may change between the feet and the ball.  There is a "sacred area" around a ball that lies in the bunker.  This area is unofficial but includes a circle around the ball, the circle has an approximate radius of the distance from the player's feet to the ball.  Start digging in with your feet within that area and you will likely be deemed to be testing.



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 07:36 PM

Is testing the depth of the sand really going to give us hacks that much of an advantage? Oh the sand is only 6 inches deep not 4, now I'm going to hack it out of this bunker so much differently.



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 07:40 PM

Is testing the depth of the sand really going to give us hacks that much of an advantage? Oh the sand is only 6 inches deep not 4, now I'm going to hack it out of this bunker so much differently.


It's more a case of 'this sand is only a half inch deep, not a full inch'.

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:36 AM

Unless you know the bunkers on a course, it is more 'this sand is only a half inch deep here but goodness knows what it is like a foot or so away. Ah! the referee is not looking, I'll get close up'. 

 


Edited by AAA, 15 February 2018 - 12:36 AM.


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 07:06 AM

Referees are not an issue in our games! :D
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 08:27 AM

I'd like to think that referees don't have any issues when with your games.



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 03:10 PM

Is testing the depth of the sand really going to give us hacks that much of an advantage? Oh the sand is only 6 inches deep not 4, now I'm going to hack it out of this bunker so much differently.

It helps me to decide on club & shot type for sure.


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