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‘Don’t Be Afraid…’: Golf Legend Gary Player Shares Valuable Advice To Hit Bunker Shots

Published 06/01/2023, 2:56 PM EDT

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Gary Player needs no introduction. The legend of golf took the game to new heights along with his contemporaries like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, who also held their own and made great contributions to the sport.

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In this prime-time the Hall of Famer has won numerous Opens and Masters Championship, and still can give any younger player a run for their money on the course.

Gary Players teaches the younger generation some golf tricks he learned over the years


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Besides being an amazing golfer Gary is also keeping up with modern times and is quite active on social media as well. With a substantial following on Instagram, Gary keeps his fans amused with current practice sessions from the course, some golden throwback pictures from his prime days, and appreciation posts for deserving players. 

Recently Gary posted a picture of himself on the ground and in the caption he narrated his experience about practicing shots out of the bunker. He wrote – I probably spent years of my life simply practicing shots out of the bunker. The key, I found, is to set your wrists as early as possible. This allows you to “strike a match” by accelerating through the sand at impact. And if you’re faced with a long bunker shot, don’t be afraid to use a 9-iron instead of your lob wedge. Swing the same, and this will just help you cover more ground! GP.


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Gary says one must choose postures and clubs wisely in golf

‘Set your wrists early’ and ‘Swinging a 9 iron club will allow one to cover more ground’ is the advice Player is offering to the young generation. Finding the right posture and using the right club in the right direction is very important in golf, which if even slightly overlooked then can affect the game severely. 

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Gary is an inspiration for young players and fans alike. With his fitness and active lifestyle on and off the field, he keeps reminding everyone that age is just a number. But he is also kind enough to impart the wealth of wisdom that he has accumulated over the years like a good mentor to all.


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Shafaque Taha is a fresh writer at EssentiallySports. She has been a golf enthusiast all her life and Tiger Woods has been her window into the sport and its legacy. Shafaque regards his iconic 2019 Masters win as her greatest inspiration in life.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui