Rule #1: Call them bunkers not sand traps. Sand trap sounds like you will never get out.
Rule #2: K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid (silly, if stupid is too harsh).
How to keep it simple:
Grip down a little on the club.
Point club at target.
More advanced player – open clubface a little.
Center for a weak to moderately strong person.
Slightly forward for a strong person.
A weaker person needs to hit right behind the golf ball and not take
too much sand. A stronger person can hit a little farther behind the ball
and take more sand. The amount of sand you take determines the
distance the ball will go.
Shoulder width apart. Be sure to wiggle your feet down in the sand
Square to target.
More advanced player - open stance a little to offset the open
Take the same swing as you do for a pitch shot.
The only differences are:
1. You are splashing the sand out. “Thump” the sand.
2. The ball will go about 10 yards shorter, so take a bigger swing.
Be sure to follow through!!
There are a lot of different techniques for getting the ball out of the sand. Keep it simple to
make it easier. Once you have mastered the “K.I.S.S.” method, then you can get creative
and try some fancy ways to get out.