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    Hitting Out of Compacted or Wet Sand - Help Needed

    I am reasonably comfortable getting out of bunkers, but there is one shot that still mystifies me: hitting out of a bunker with compacted or wet sand. If I take my normal approach, open the face, use the bounce, and try to "thump" the sand, I end up bouncing the club into the ball and skulling it across the green. The sand is too hard and the club just bounces off it. If I close the club face and try to blast it out, the leading edge digs in and takes a dive and the ball ends up going about 3 feet.

    What am I doing wrong? How do you get out of a bunker with wet or compacted sand?
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    What I do....or feel like im doing....its coming in steep. As in I almost lift the club straight up as I turn back, then come right back down under the ball and through. Of course my face is open depending on how high or far I want it to go....

    Hope that makes sense.....I tell my self to get steep, down, and through.
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    Have you been watching my sand shots lately? Seems like you describe my exact struggle.

    I am fine with normal sand, but packed down = skulled, seemingly no matter what I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BFAST View Post
    What I do....or feel like im doing....its coming in steep. As in I almost lift the club straight up as I turn back, then come right back down under the ball and through. Of course my face is open depending on how high or far I want it to go....

    Hope that makes sense.....I tell my self to get steep, down, and through.
    Thanks. Face open to the same degree (depending on desired trajectory) as it would be in soft sand?
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    From what I have learned, with compact/wet sand, it's all about speed. I typically will make my normal sand shot swing, although Ill make it slightly shorter to adjust to increased speed. has worked well for mostly, but I know your compacted wet sand out there is way different than mine here haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millsan1 View Post
    Have you been watching my sand shots lately? Seems like you describe my exact struggle.

    I am fine with normal sand, but packed down = skulled, seemingly no matter what I do.
    Actually, yes. I had Nike make me a full ghillie suit to match the shoes in your avatar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by campilobaxter View Post
    Thanks. Face open to the same degree (depending on desired trajectory) as it would be in soft sand?
    Yeah, just all depends on what you are wanting to do with it. Also speed and follow through matters as well but that's with any type of bunker shot. But since its compacted you have to get down and through it. Almost like just coming up then back down and popping the back side of the sole to the ground under the ball and through. Rather than back and through like you would if its soft.
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    Typically on those type of shots I will use a wedge with less bounce and I do not open the face
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdtox View Post
    Typically on those type of shots I will use a wedge with less bounce and I do not open the face
    This is exactly what I do, and I tend to face lots of these bunker shots here in WI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdtox View Post
    Typically on those type of shots I will use a wedge with less bounce and I do not open the face
    Oh great, so now I need a new wedge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by campilobaxter View Post
    Oh great, so now I need a new wedge.
    I don't think you need to go out and buy a new wedge........

    I like a lot of bounce on my wedges and have had to play out of tight wet bunkers here lately because of all the rain we have had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by campilobaxter View Post
    Oh great, so now I need a new wedge.
    Your 60 should work fine if its a V grind. If its not I recommend a wide low...assuming your staying with Cobra
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdtox View Post
    Your 60 should work fine if its a V grind. If its not I recommend a wide low...assuming your staying with Cobra
    My 60 is a versatile. That's what I was using yesterday when I ran into this particular problem a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by campilobaxter View Post
    My 60 is a versatile. That's what I was using yesterday when I ran into this particular problem a few times.
    Well...that should be fine honestly. My suggestion would be to try hitting a little closer to the ball and/or not taking much of a divot. Everyone plays it differently so YMMV
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