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12Sports Weekly Golf Lesson With Ryan Koury: Green-side Bunker Play

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The 12Sports Weekly Golf Lesson with Ryan Koury was created to help golfers of all ages throughout North Central West Virginia. Our plan is to answer questions every week during the segment by conducting a drill or lesson of some sort, which will aim to improve your game.

12Sports is proud to feature Ryan Koury, a PGA Professional in the Morgantown area, as the head professional during the weekly segment. His knowledge of the game of golf has been crafted over years of studying the game, and will share his expertise with our loyal viewers throughout the area.

If you have a question regarding your golf game and how to improve it, then be sure to send us a message, whether it's through Facebook, Twitter, or E-mail. We will feature one question every week during the show. By sending in your question, you are agreeing to have your name and current city of residence be aired on live television.


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During our second 12Sports Weekly Golf Lesson, Ryan Koury described the importance of green-side bunker play, and how to execute a chip shot out of the sand trap.

The game of golf becomes much tougher when you reach the sand trap, which tends to happen more times than not to the average golfer. Ryan discussed several ways to make the game easier for yourself when you do happen to miss the green, instead playing out of the sand.

The execution of the shot out of a bunker is crucial for a successful opportunity to land the ball within a close proximity to the hole. First, the placement of your feet is required for a sturdy shot. Be sure to dig your toes of your feet into the sand prior to the shot. This seems to be obvious, but it's something that people forget to do and can result in an off-balance shot.

Secondly, you need to envision the shot as if you are hitting the sand in front of the ball, instead of the golf ball itself. Many golfers believe you need to hit the golf ball, but in reality, you need to hit the sand in front of the ball, taking plenty of sand with your shot as it reaches the green out of the bunker.

Ryan gives plenty of tips in the video, lending a helping hand to anyone who struggles with the green-side bunker shot. Once again, be sure to send in any questions through the above social media addresses. We look forward to answering your questions next week!

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