September 25, 2020

RORY MCILROY – MY BEST BUNKER TIPS | ME AND MY GOLF

– Hello everybody, andwelcome to the Floridian, and we have a very special guest.

Now, we were gonna intro him actually, and list all the things that he's won, but it was gonna take too long.

So welcome Rory McIlroy, great to see you.

– Good to see you again.

– How you doing? – Rory, how's it going? – Good to see you, thank you, I'm good.

– We've done driving withyou, obviously amazing.

We've done irons last year.

So we thought we'd change it up this year and so some short game bunkers.

Pretty good at bunkers.

– Yeah, yeah, prettynot bad at them, yeah.

– So what we're gonna do, we're gonna talk about a little about what your technique islike and a few things, and then we're gonna go to some questions from our followers.

And then actually, we'regonna take Rory on.

I don't know why we decided this, but we're gonna have a head-to-head, Me and My Golf versus Rory.

– Who's idea was that? – A basic bunker shot andsee who can get closer.

– Me and My Golf, allthe other guys as well.

– Everybody else, yeah.

– DJ comes in there.

Okay, perfect.

– So yeah, that's what we're gonna do.

– Okay perfect, so Rory, look.

Bunker techniques and styles.

There's kinda the old method, open face, aim left, cut across it, which obviously works very well.

Or there's the square, more lofted version.

The new style.

So are you old version or new? – So, I think if you'rea more skilled golfer, or a more experienced golfer, I think the new method is more consistent.

I think it's a littleeasier to understand, or if you wanna stand open, cut across, and all that, but the one thing with that is, I think it's very hardto control your distance.

You don't really know, because you're not getting full, I'm getting a little peak kind here– – It's fine.

– But full pressure into the sand.

You're cutting across it a little bit and sometimes that can be inconsistent.

So, I try to be, standsquare, still use loft, and use the bounce of theclub to get through the sand.

And that's the mostconsistent way, I think, to play bunker shots.

– Okay, okay, so shouldwe watch you play one? – Yeah sure, so, I mean, so for me, whenever I do work on bunker play at home, I'll draw some lines.

So again, I'll try to drawa straight line to the pin, so that's pretty square.

And then I'll draw aperpendicular line to that, so I make a T.

And then I try to getmy left heel on this T and all I try to do ismatch the club shaft up to this line that I've drawn.

And then all I try to do is from here, is try to get this shaft to match where it is at address at impact.

(golf club thwacking) And then it comes outquite nice, high and soft.

– Indeed it does.

– I like how simple thatis as well there, Rory.

Especially, if you've got the lines.

It's a really good guide for you to sort of match it up, isn't it? – It is, it's a really goodguide, and I think as well, if you can get your, for me with bunker play, it's all about the setupbecause my bad habit in the bunkers would be, I'd start to aim left andI'd start to get shaft lean.

And then from there, youdig, or you hit a little fat, or the club that can bounce into the ball.

Anytime I've struggled in the bunker, it's from me aiming too far left.

So, if anything, I like to almost see, I almost like to seepeople aim too far right in a bunker.

So if I'm from here, I'maiming too far right, but from there, you can really, you can come into it andyou can use the bounce (golf club thwacking) so well.

– You've really gottarelease the club head under the golf ball– – Under the golf ball.

– Almost to square it up as well as– – Yeah, exactly.

So that's the thing with bunker play because you're nothitting a very long shot.

Even though the face is open, the ball will always come, because you're not makingcontact with the ball, you're making contact with the sand, whatever path you're swinging the club on, it hits the sand and then theball will come out on the path rather than the face angle, and I think that's the thingthat people have to realize.

It looks like this ball'sgonna go way right, but if I hit down on thesand with the right path, it'll come out straight at the target.

(golf club thwacking) – Very nice.

– And I think the key thingwith this is because the loft.

Obviously, the face is openbecause we have so much loft.

The loft is just pointing up isn't it? – Yes.

– So it means we can justswing, obviously, pretty square and then it's just gonna follow that.

– Exactly, and I think witha bunker shot, it's for me, I feel a lot of right sided stuff.

So, again, I'll setupand what I try to do is, when I take it back, I try toreally fold my right elbow, and then from there, recockdown and underneath it, and release it underneathas you said there.

(golf club thwacking) – So it's setting that anglein the wrist and the arm, and then unleashing it almostunderneath the golf ball as you come through.

– [Andy] That challengeisn't looking very good.

– We're in trouble, we're in trouble.

It's interesting as well though.

For me though, obviously, we know what your golf swing is like.

Do you think that sort of pushes you in this direction as well? So the fact, obviously, we know that you alwaysused to play a draw.

Now it's whatever you like and maybe a little bit more neutral.

– Yeah, try to be neutral for sure.

– But would you say this is almost, it helps you to play this method because it's similar toyour golf swing maybe? – It's a more natural, yeah I guess it's a morenatural transition for me, rather than open, trying to cut across it.

– Makes sense.

– Because even if I was openand trying to cut across it, I'll take it out, and then I'llprobably reroot it to try– – Exactly, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

– To try and get it back on line, so.

– Makes sense.

– Yeah, and I said, I thinkfor the viewers at home, don't be scared to aim rightin bunkers 'cause that's been, you'll get a much better strike.

If you aim right in bunkersand come this way on it, anytime I'm struggling inbunkers, that's what I do.

Again, I'll aim right of the target and then really try to getthis way, and the bounce, (golf club thwacking) the bounce just goesthrough the sand so easily.

– So easy, Piers.

Are youtaking notes on this by the way? – I'm actually gonna play theshot that way when it comes– – Just like that.

– Absolutely.

– And I think the difference is with this, if you aim left, oftenthen if you aim left, you don't get thisrelease of the right hand 'cause you're almost trying to guide it.

– Exactly, and you'redragging the handle– – Exactly.

– And then, I mean, I'lltry and do that one, If I'm aiming left.

(golf club thwacking) I mean, you can do it, but I just don't think it's as consistent– – Definitely a steeper attack then.

– Rubbish shot, a rubbishshot as well.

(laughing) Rubbish shot.

Well, I'm gonnaget some more golf balls.

We're gonna run out 'causewe gotta have Rory hit more.

So Andy, what are we talking about next? – So obviously, this isa fairly close one, Rory.

How do vary distances? Is it something that you willchange the amount of sand? Do you just change loft, speed? What's the– – So, I change loft and speed.

– Bag's gone.

– I did that.

– No worries.

I change loft and speedmore than I would change where the club enters the sand.

So if I'm going to thislong one here, for example, the short one I'm opening up quite a lot.

This one, I'll stillopen it up a little bit, but I won't open it up as much.

Again, I'll still tryand do the same thing.

(golf club thwacking) – Nice.

– Let it release right there.

– Yeah, very nice.

– And in terms of the setup, Rory, when you're doing that, you're obviously, it looks likeyou're putting more pressure in that lead leg.

– Yes.

– [Piers] That's obviouslysomething you focus on.

– Yeah, definitely in the left.

If anything, what I try todo, I try to open the left, try to open up my left, footon my left knee a little bit, and then I can just, Ijust lean into there, and then try to feel like Isorta cover the golf ball.

I try not to reallytransfer my weight too much.

I sorta try to stay on this left side.

(golf club thwacking) – So turn of the body on the way back, a turn on the way down, making sure you're creating that loft on the way through.

– Yeah, with the, a little bit of– – Wouldn't amateur golfersbe a lot better off doing something like that? – I think the majority ofamateur golfers in this situation to a tight pin, they'realmost trying to sort of scoop up and help it up.

But Rory, by the looks of it, you're just hitting down through that sand and releasing that right hand.

– Well you gotta think, you've got a 60 degree wedge and you open it up to 75, 80 degrees.

You've got so much loft to help you, you just have to trust that it's there, and not try to lean back and help it.

– [Andy] I think so manygolfers back home can really learn from that, certainly.

– Okay, so we're gonna get some questions, but before we do that.

If you wanna check out Rory, some content that he does online, and also our new show, whichis gonna go live on Golf Pass, make sure you click the link down below.

So you'll see Rory on Golf Pass and you'll see our 10episode show coming soon.

– Yes, you need to do that.

Okay, let's go to somequestions then from our viewers.

We've got Joe Del Blogs.

He says, “How do you get theball out the bloody thing?” (laughing) Well, I think we've covered that one, so let's go to the next one.

(laughing) So, what about if you had a, maybe something slightly further away that you actually wantedto release it more there instead of fly it all the way.

This is from Tom Gunning by the way.

– Yeah, so different club.

So I could use adifferent club, less loft.

Or, what I like to do as well sometimes is I'll play it a littlesquarer, squarer face, but I'll get my hands lower and feel like the heeldigs in a little bit more.

And that gets it comingout a little flatter with a little more release.

(golf club thwacking) – It's amazing, not manypeople think about using something like a 52 in this situation, but it's great because– – I mean, that's why you have it.

I would, for a longerone, a 56 or a 52 degree, and you're basically justtrying to play the same shot as you play with a 60.

It's 'cause there's less loft, it's inevitably just gonnago a little bit further.

– I like that a lot.

So this is, two questions now.

(laughs) Questions, questions, questions.

If you had to hole that, are you running it, or are you flying it allthe way? The long one.

The one you just played to.

– Personally, I would be more comfortable flying it all the way.

– Okay, okay, you still feelmore comfortable doing that, holing it that way? – Yeah.

– And next question, lie angle on your wedge.

Is it any flatter than your irons, or is it same lie angle? – I think it's the same.

– Okay, so there's nothing conscious– – I wouldn't be totally confident, but I think it is the same.

I know a lotta guys do go flatter, because obviously your hands are lower– – [Piers] To instances like that, yeah.

– But for me, I think it's the same setup.

– [Piers] Keep it the same.

– Okay, I've got one more question.

So what, this is from Matty, and what compensations do you make when playing out of soft versus firm sand? – Yeah, that's, I guessthat's something that, again, that's why usingthe bounce is so important, especially in soft sand.

So you don't want it to dig in.

So obviously, this leadingedge is pretty sharp and if it's soft sand, it'll just, it'll stop, and it'll dig.

I think it's much easier forpeople to play out of hard sand because your technique doesn'thave to be quite as good and you can still get, almostchip the ball outta there.

So I'd say for soft sand especially, it's really trying to find that where the bounce of the club is, and then just reallytrying to get that feeling so that when you go ahead and hit it, (golf club thwacking) you're using that bounce.

– It's amazing how wide open that face is.

That face is just literallylooking up towards the sky there as well.

– So yeah, I mean, for most people, I wouldn't worry about the firm sand.

I think that's pretty easy.

It's the soft sand, andthe more you can learn how to use the bottomof your club properly, the more it's gonna helpget out of the bunkers.

– I think we're pretty good, Piers.

– Should we end the video here? – Yes, just finish it, let's not challenge him.

– No challenge? – Just look over thereand we're take the shot.

– No challenge? – No, you're not gettingout of the challenge.

Of course we are.

Okay, so right.

Which one are we going to, this one here? – Let's go to this one.

I've got the clubs.

– Okay, let's go, let's go.

Let's get some sand in there.

I'm gonna go with thismethod though, Rory.

I like it.

– Okay.

– I'm gonna go, what loft do you got? – 60, yeah.

– 60 as well, just copy me.

– Yeah, I'm gonna movea couple of those balls out the way, Piers.

– Okay, yeah especially theones around where I gotta hit.

– I'm gonna pretend thatwe're gonna get close.

– Might mess the audio for a little bit.

– I'll let you guys go first, so– – Oh, you're gonna let us go first? – Yeah, yeah, 'cause you gotta give me, gotta set me the target.

– Give me a good lie levelas well, I like that.

So yeah, okay.

Now, I'm a more open guy, to be fair.

– Are you? – But, I haven't reallyexperimented too much with a square.

I've had a few goes, but I'mdefinitely a little more open, but I might be trying that.

I'll wait for you to get in, Piers.

– [Piers] Okay, good luck.

– Okay, thank you.

(golf balls thudding) Oh, you're trying to put me off here.

– Sorry mate.

(golf club thwacking) Go, come on, release that, release that.

– It released a little.

– Come on, nothing there.

Right, that's the first marker.

I'm all over that.

I'm all over that, Piers.

– Yeah you are, you can see your impact– – Yeah, it was definitelyquite deep as well.

– Was left a little bit.

– So I'm gonna go with what you go with.

I'm gonna with the footflared out, pressure forward.

I'm not sure I need todo that too much with my (laughs) shaft lean onthe way down, Andy, but– – [Andy] You need tohang back a little too.

– Yeah, I'm gonna be a little bit.

I need to definitely hang back, I think.

Okay, so I'm gonna createthat loft all the way through.

– Yep.

– Talking a good game.

(golf club thwacking) – Oh, a little firm, sit.

– Stop.

(groaning) – Again maybe, there'sdefinitely a difference in sound between mine and yourimpact compared to Rory's.

You can hear Rory's just literally– – He's good.

– Bouncing through, he's good, yeah.

(laughing)- Definitely for me, that one, even though I'm setting up, that was still steep wasn't it? Still gotta do it though andyou notice his hair as well? He's growing his hair.

– That's it.

(golf club thwacking)- I can't even put him off.

Oh Andy, what have you done? – (groans) Come on, come on.

– [Piers] Oh! – Is it, just inside.

– Hannah, can you have a look at that? – About four inches out there that is.

I think it's about four inches out.

– Just.

– Well, we give him a halfa go, Piers, half a go.

(laughing) – Thanks man.

– Thanks very much.

– Congrats on your recent win.

I notice if you guys are going out later.

– Thank you very much.

– Thank you so much.

– Thank you.

– Guys, hope you enjoyed that.

Now, if you did enjoy it, Rory what should they do? – They should like and subscribe.

– Absolutely, yeah.

– Yes, exactly.

Thanks for watching guysand we'll see you soon.

We hope you enjoyed that everybody.

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– Yes, we do.

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