by James Arbogast, Instructor, Mel Sole Golf Schools at Holiday Valley

The sand shot is the shot everyone fears the most. But it’s really just a pitch shot from the sand.

The ball is placed off the instep of the front foot. The feet should be set up just left of the flag with the weight forward off the left foot.

It’s very important that you look down about an inch behind the golf ball. The sand is really what propels the ball out of the sand.

Stay somewhat still with the legs on the way back in the swing and make a full turn on the way through the ball — and face the target in your finish with the hips and arms.

Don’t fear this shot just. Practice it and the fear will go away.