The Psychology of Sand Traps

blue bunker backswing1croppedDanger! You have just landed in a bunker.  Sirens blaring, your blood pressure is rising and the voice in your head is warning that the apocalypse will begin with your next golf shot. . .

Stop!  You are in a fluffy little sand trap that resembles the beach, or a miniature Zen garden if you prefer.  A “dangerous situation” is when you run with scissors in your hands.

The best bunker players are always fearless, courageous and confident.  Swing mechanics and a few set-up adaptations make it easy to achieve success, but mainly it’s a state of mind. There are 4-5 different techniques to hitting a good bunker shot.  None of them require a timid motion.

Be mentally and physically aggressive with your shots.  Leave the scissor running to the rebellious kids.

Dodie Mazzuca is the Director of Instruction at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, AZ (Oct.-May) and teaches golf in Santa Cruz, CA (June-Sept.).  For more information about Dodie and her teaching schedule, visit


TOPICS: Golf, Instruction, Mental Strategy

ABOUT: Dodie Mazzuca

Dodie Mazzuca is a former LPGA Tour Player and the founder of Golf PROformance. She is currently the Director of Instruction at Troon Country Club (Scottsdale, AZ) and she also teaches golf in Santa Cruz, CA (May-Oct.). She was an NCAA Academic and Athletic All-American at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Her background in competitive golf, yoga, golf fitness, and technical training, assists her students in accelerating their learning process and playing better golf.

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