With the introduction of bunker drills, most of us are familiar with the strategic advantages they provide to a golfer. However, many of us still haven’t worked out the logistical requirements of running a bunker drill correctly. I’m sure if you’re reading this you’re experiencing frustration and confusion on how to set up your bunker game plan properly. Hopefully, y’all can help out with a next post: What’s the status of your bunker rakes in your backyard course? With so many operators rethinking each aspect of their golf training for 2021 and beyond, bunker rots are by no means guaranteed to return on your backyard course.
It might seem strange to even bring up the subject of bunker rots, but to properly understand them you need to understand how they’re played. A bunker rake is essentially the driver’s hands held device used to dig out a bunker from the earth, typically from as close to a hillside as possible (because hills tend to trap golf balls and soft balls better than flat ground), in order to either get the ball into the hole or roll it back out. It’s the most basic function of a golf cart and a very popular one at that. Today, however, with many different types of golf carts (including electric ones) and a multitude of manufacturers producing them, it’s more important than ever that you get the most from your bunker rake, as a golf cart, as well as a golfer for that matter.
So, why are bunker rakes such a big deal today? Well, unlike early “Buckwheat” (aka. Buffalo Bill) bunker clubs, these modern day rakes have blades made of carbon fiber or high alloy steel, which allow them to be more compact and sturdy. Also, with the popularity of hollow-core drivers skyrocketing, these rakes require less wood to be driven. Finally, because they’re weighted towards the bottom of the barrel, the ball does not spin as much while going down the trap, as does the case with some older style hollow-core clubs. These, and other features, have helped make the bunker rake a favorite among serious golfers, both amateurs and professionals, who play a variety of styles of golf courses, from traditional golf courses, to heavily wooded country club properties, to more urban, cookie-cutter type locations.