One of my big goals for 2020 is to get better out of the sand. Technique is obviously paramount, but there are some interesting options for sand wedges on the market and I’m not sure I fully understand them. First, here is my thought process about greenside bunkers:
“Slap” the ground 1" behind the ball with a more wristy pitch swing and accelerate through the ball. I open the face before gripping the club, squat a bit and open my stance (I don’t know why I open my stance tbh), then cut through the ball a bit left of the target. Fine, but I still struggle with actually hitting 1" behind the ball, and over correct a lot of the time and take too much sand. I’d say i’m making a mess out of the bunker 1/3 times. When I practice bunker shots, I’m usually very solid after the first 2-3 warm up shots, but taking that to the course is challenging.
I have been using a Vokey SM6 K-grind 60.12 and I am quite solid with the club for pitching from the grass. I remember seeing it described as “the ultimate bunker wedge” because of the shape of the grind, but I’ve also read Vokeys are for low-handicappers (I’m a 13-14). How can a bunker club be for a low handicapper? You have your high handicap options like Sure-Out and Smart Sole, but I don’t think I fully understand how these work, if they well help me game, or if you should alter your technique when using these wide sole specialty clubs.
Anyway, what do you think my problem is and do you think throwing cash at a new club can solve it or is it just mental/lack of practice?