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Sand calculation

Sat, Jul 13 2019 6:57 AM by Bobbylanka. 7 replies.
  • fobby1980 United States
    256 Posts
    Mon, Nov 19 2018 1:24 PM

    Right now I’m using the following formulas for sand shots: 

    10-15%  x1.05

    20-30%  x1.1

    30-40%  x1.2

    40-50%  x1.3

    50-60%  x1.5

    However I still get the feelings that these calculations are not optimal. 

    Does anyone have another way to calculate distance from sand?

  • SeveFrost United Kingdom
    812 Posts
    Tue, Nov 20 2018 3:11 AM

    fobby, im assuming you have the best cleveland 64 wedge so these are my calculations for the greenside sand you'll most find yourself in........


    20-30 - add Five Yards

    30-40 - add Ten Yards

    40-50 - add Fifteen Yards



    as i mostly use the ten credit distance balls i hit the bunker shots on full backspin, but using a better ball you probably won't need to add the BS

  • LLLlloyd88 United States
    64 Posts
    Tue, Nov 20 2018 9:05 AM

    Play a practice round with low wind and hit shots from the sand at 100%, 95%, 90%..etc. and note the landing and roll out distance and write it down. Preferably hit to a flat green. Will take a lot of mulligans.

  • 100plus Canada
    796 Posts
    Tue, Nov 20 2018 10:07 AM

    this works for me on most green side bunkers after getting used to,It is a small formula easy to learn and works in most situations. Green side bunkers double the distance to the pin for eg. 22 yrds becomes 44  for 15/20 add 4 30/40 add 8 40/50 add 12  60/70 add 16 now take into account elevation  for eg 7ft up add7 ,for 7ft down subtract seven. now we will use 22 yrds 7 ft up and 30 /40 lie, so we have 22x2=44 +8 for lie+7 for elevation totalling 59. Using me 64 wedge(60 yrds) I play full bs and hit full shot for 59% of meter and am usually within 3 ft of pin. I check where to aim by using pitch view from reverse to see where green is breaking and where i shud try to land the ball and let it run. Although I am far from the best I have brought my sand save % from the high 30,s to 68.29 in the approx 7/8 months since I made this formula. I passed this on to all my CC members and many are using it and improving their %,s. With practice you will learn to adjust slightly for wind and the way the green runs to + or - your total % to hit.For eg. on #4 beth ,back pin green runs frt to back so I do the math ""but do not add the elevation change 5/7 ft up as you will get the xtra runout,same applies to beth #5.I have eagled #4 and birdied #5 many time from the frt bunkers hope this helps. I know it looks complicated but when used to it I hit from sand in approx 30 seconds total. Good luck to all who try it and I wish you well I made this a long time ago Trev

  • DonCaron United States
    4,685 Posts
    Tue, Nov 20 2018 2:13 PM
    A lot depends on the wedges your using also.
  • skccvb United States
    772 Posts
    Tue, Nov 20 2018 3:19 PM

    Always use a lob wedge with full backspin-and then chart that.

  • fobby1980 United States
    256 Posts
    Tue, Nov 20 2018 4:32 PM

    Thanks for the formula. Will definitely try it out

  • Bobbylanka United Kingdom
    651 Posts
    Sat, Jul 13 2019 6:57 AM

    Hi 100Plus,

    I have been using this formula for the past month or more, with good results, and have even put this on a spreadsheet for 60yd wedge.

    I would like to use it on the longer wedges too, do you have a similar formula for the longer 75 & 90 yd wedges.

    I have sent a friend request, accept / ignore as you please! lol

    Great advice