Several PGA Professionals give their tips for successfully getting out of greenside bunkers. One key is to focus on the process rather than the fear of not making the shot.
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Hitting from a fairway bunker without the right approach can be a difficult golf shot. PGA Professional Billy Ore offers up some quick and easy instruction for keeping your positive round going.
Bunker shots from bad or awkward stances can cost you valuable strokes, but thankfully PGA Professional Billy Ore has a quick 3-step process for escaping to safety.
We saw an example of beautiful bunker play in the final round of the HSBC Champions by Bubba Watson, who holed out from a bunker near the final green for an eagle and a spot in a playoff.
Matt Kuchar was masterful from the bunkers all day Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links, but none better than the shot he holed on No. 18 for the birdie that won the RBC Heritage. Here's the video of Kuchar's tournament-winning shot:
Once again, the Northern Trust Open proved to be one of the best stops on the PGA Tour. Bubba Watson had an amazing weekend of golf (final 39 holes with zero bogeys!) and a final round 64 ton win by two. That's strong.
Allen Wronowski, PGA Director of Golf at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md., talks about greenside bunkers and gives some tips to improve your bunker game.
Middle Atlantic PGA Section Teacher of the Year Joe Plecker and Brandel Chamblee give innovative excercises for you to practice to improve your bunker play.
Tri-State PGA Section Teacher of the Year Matt Kluck instructs how the hook shot is used for more roll and comes out of the bunker lower.
Ron Philo, PGA Director of Instruction at Ron Philo's School of Golf, talks about how get the best result from a shot out of an uneven bunker lie. Philo demonstrates how he goes about finding a stable position to swing from, setting up the stance, choking up on the club and making the proper swing.
PGA Professional Bill Murchison offers some tips on improving your bunker game.
PGA Professional Mitch Lowe demonstrates how to use a flop shot to escape the bunker to a short-sided pin.
Tri-State PGA Section Teacher of the Year Matt Kluck instructs on how to match your shot type to your shotmaking abilities. He says to hit one of three types of shots: normal, safety or get-out.
Middle Atlantic PGA Section Teacher of the Year Joe Plecker explains that balance and stability are the keys to hitting long bunker shots. PGA Director of Instruction Rick Martino says to consider using a 9-iron for shots over 15-20 yards, and to use full backswing and body turn.
For many, lost in the drama of the final hole struggles of Jim Furyk was the incredible up-and-down from Keegan Bradley from that buried lie in the bunker.
Steve Stricker wins the John Deere Classic. This is not a repeat from last year. Or the year before. Congratulations to Stricker for his third straight title - and what a way to do it, back-to-back birdies on the final two holes to storm back and win!
Steve Stricker showed some amazing bunker save skills this past week and that earned him his first Memorial Tournament win.
Many PGA Tour pros will tell you in their magazine and TV tips that the bunker shot is the easiest in golf. This is a pretty demoralizing statement when you are having difficulty getting the ball out of the bunker much less near the hole.
A greenside bunker shot is the only shot in golf where you are not hitting the golf ball. The club enters the sand before the ball and flies out of the bunker on a cushion of sand. In essence you are simply hitting behind the ball and fatting the shot.
A bunker shot is the only shot in golf where we don't actually hit the golf ball. To improve your bunker play, use this practice drill.
In all my years of teaching I have found the Bunker Shot to be the hardest technique to teach. As golfers, we are all trying to hit the golf ball with the best possible contact during practice and play.
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