Bunkers

It may be the toughest part of the game for most amateurs - until now. Check out this great tip on how to get out of the dreaded bunker by 2009 PGA Teacher of the Year Mike Bender in this week's "Free Lesson Friday."

 

Full Bunkers library

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When you're buried in a bunker, let the sand do the work
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:
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A Lesson Learned: Bunker shots made easy
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.
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How to get out of greenside bunkers
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.
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Bunker practice drills: Games to improve sand shots
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.
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How to hit a hook from the sand trap
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.
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How to hit an uneven bunker shot
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.
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Sand shot tips: Improve your bunker game
PGA Professional Bill Murchison offers some tips on improving your bunker game.
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How to hit a flop shot out of a bunker
PGA Professional Mitch Lowe demonstrates how to use a flop shot to escape the bunker to a short-sided pin.
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Picking the right golf shot for your game
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.
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How to hit long bunker shots
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.
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A Lesson Learned: Beat a buried lie
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.
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A Lesson Learned: Be aggressive and play the miss in fairway bunkers
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!
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A Lesson Learned: Imagination out of a bunker
Steve Stricker showed some amazing bunker save skills this past week and that earned him his first Memorial Tournament win.
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Greenside Bunker Shots Made Simple
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.
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Easiest Shot in Golf? It can be
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.
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Beat Fairway Bunkers
It is one of the most dreaded shots in golf, but it doesn't have to be: The Fairway Bunker. Here is a quick five step plan to help you out when you find the sand from off the tee. Apply these suggestions and your fairway bunker shots are bound to improve:
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A Line in the Sand
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.
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Making Bunker Play a Strength of Your Game
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.
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Beating the Bunker Blues
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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A Lesson Learned: Hoffman's solid bunker play no fluke
Charley Hoffman's pure ball striking and solid putting certainly were key ingredients to Monday's final-round 62 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. His 11 birdies clearly helped him run away from the field and vault up the FedExCup point list.
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