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For those golfers who understand the importance of the face being open, a common fault is to ‘hang on to’ the club – trying to maintain the angle of the club-face through the shot (a), which will normally result in the shot finishing short of the target.

The opposite can also occur – the club is released (b) and, in this case, the shot will be ‘smothered’ and either come out “hot” or find the lip of the bunker.

The correct technique is (c) where much the same principles as chipping apply. The open clubface has done the work as the club is accelerated through the sand. The weight has been transferred onto the left side and the club has been released naturally.