What’s the deal with the “Lawrence of Arabia” backdrop? Well, you’d get a lot of bunker shots in the desert, but that’s not the point. What we’re saying is, bunker play is about imagination, about transporting your mind from a place of fear to a place of daring and trust. To be a good sand player, you have to imagine success: Anticipate the thump of the club through the sand, picture the ball floating up and out, know you can make a big swing and hit the ball only 20 feet. We need to get you believing you can do those things. We’ll look at a few technical keys, but in the end, if you see yourself hitting great bunker shots, you will.
According to the laws of aerodynamics, a smooth surface provides the least wind resistance. It stands to reason, then, that a smooth-surfaced ball would fly faster and farther through the air than one with a rough surface. If that were true, golf balls would cost a dime a dozen.
But with aerodynamic properties similar to the wing of an airplane, golf balls are perhaps the most complex spheroids in sports today. A golf ball’s performance is largely determined by its dimple pattern, a feature that was developed through astute observation and has evolved over time.