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A Round with Keith Foxton

No. 17: Par 3

With these two pages we end the series we began with former Nelson Golf Club professional, Keith Foxton, last year. Next month, for golfers who have had putting trouble, we will publish a few tips given by Keith before he left Nelson. During the round Keith put himself into the trouble experienced by every golfer at some stage of his career. From the comments we have heard we know his tips have been very favourably received by golfers, be they on high or low handicaps.

The Buried-Ball-In-The-Bunker Shot

(At the 17th hole Keith demonstrates probably the most unusual shot in the book - the blasting from a bunker of a ball well buried in soft sand).

With the pin on the top section of this big green, I tee on the right hand side and endeavour to use the bank on the right hand side of the green to pitch on to the green. Today, however, the pin is on the bottom section, almost behind the big bunker. My tee shot falls short, straight into the bunker and is well plugged in the sand. To get the ball out under these circumstances with an orthodox bunker shot is almost hopeless. So I will use an unorthodox but highly effective shot. I take my stance as shown below, with the white line showing the line of my feet. Note, however, that the ringed pin is about 60 degrees from the line of stance. The club face must be shut tight, as shown below, with the face of the club square to the pin. The club must be lifted straight up, and aiming about 1$ inches behind the ball, slammed down hard into the sand and through it as far as the sand will allow.


No. 18: Par 4

As the green on the 18th hole is well bunkered, check first to see on which side the pin is placed and then try and hit to the opposite side of the fairway. If the tee shot is well placed, then there is more green available for the second shot. In this instance, I have landed my second in a bunker on the right of the green, in a normal type of sand. The ball, however, is sitting in a slight depression. I take my stance square to the pin with the ball 2 to 3 inches inside the left heel. The club face is kept square to the pin. This stance allows the club head to cut into the sand a little more than if the club face was more open. Keeping in mind a mental picture of a swing like a "U", make a "U" swing and hit firmly through the ball as if in slow motion. The aiming point should be about 1$ to 2 inches behind the ball. Our pictures show (left) the stance in relation to the pin, and (below centre) in relation to the ball. The last two pictures show the swing and the high follow through.