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Bunker raking technique

Post by JPJ » Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:17 am

I've seen one video where someone said the direction of raking should be from the middle to the edges, in order to prevent the edges of the bunkers becoming too shallow or even bare of sand.

But I saw another just now in which the guy said the direction should be towards the centre so the sand "doesn't get trapped around the side".

The former seems more logical to me, since gravity and rain will already act towards pushing the sand down to the middle anyway, so we should help to maintain the levels of sand around the edge.

What are your thoughts on the matter?
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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by bkuehn1952 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:55 am

Well, in the USA many people don't bother raking; they just trudge in, whack it and trudge out. Despite that, I am with you. I rake from the centre outward to distribute the sand that naturally gathers in the middle.



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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by jasonfish11 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:05 am

I've never even thought about it.

I also am one of the few here across the pond that rakes at all. I do notice almost every person I see pulls the rake towards them leaving a terrible trough of sand. So my only concern is that I flatten it out by pushing the sand with the rake.

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Post by GBOGEY » Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:38 am

I saw on the "Golf Fix" once where they showed you should push the rake away from you rather than pull towards you. Not sure why, but that would also tend to push the sand towards the middle.

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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by bryan k » Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:02 pm

I usually start in the middle with a small circle and slowly rake my way around in circles until I have the entire bunker uniformly raked in neat rows. My partners hate it when I hit in the bunker more than I do.

DId I ever tell you about the time I arrived back at the clubhouse only to find that I had accidentally put the bunker rake from number 17 in my bag? Funny that I didn't notice on the course. I only noticed because the bag wouldn't fit in my car with the rake in there.

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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by sjduffers » Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:16 pm

I think the proper technique is to rake towards the edges to prevent accumulation in the center, BUT also, as a finishing touch push the rake away, very lightly so as to eliminate the rake tooth marks and provide a dusting of sand on top, making the surface very uniform.
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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by legitimatebeef » Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:13 pm

Sometimes I push, sometimes pull. It really depends on the condition in that moment. Maybe the last guy pushed too much or whatever. Full disclosure--sometimes I just smooth it out with my foot and call it done.
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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by srogers13 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:54 pm

The one thing I read from Michael Collins about this is that you rake in a line with the direction of the green, especially in greenside bunkers.
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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by jev » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:06 pm

First I pull, than I push. How does that count? :P
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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by jasonfish11 » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:28 pm

jev wrote:First I pull, than I push. How does that count? :P
That is actually what I do.

Fill the hole by pulling sand in. Then smooth it out by pushing sand over the filled hole. I count it as a push.
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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by legitimatebeef » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:56 pm

Here's what we'll do. The first annual LG Masters of Etiquette competition featuring events like bunker raking and green repairing (before a international panel of judges). Rules exams etc. There is a lotta talk about protocol and proper procedures but enough talk!! Let's put it to the test. See who's the best. At not being a rude jackass.
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Re: Bunker raking technique

Post by Mr. Etiquette » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:15 am

Hmmm... I hit the shot and my caddie rakes the bunker. Presumably he knows the proper technique.
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