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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
PGA Professional Terry Hertzog demonstrates how to get the correct stance when attempting to escape a bunker.
PGA Professional Bill Murchison instructs you on how to approach a longer greenside bunker shot.
PGA Professional David Hutsell, Director of Instruction at The Elk Ridge Club in Baltimore, MD, goes over the long greenside bunker shot.
PGA Professional Terry Hertzog gives you a great tip to improve your bunker play.
In the bunker, solid technique will help you get anything out - as PGA Professionals Joseph Hallett and Mark Drenga demonstrate using a variety of items.
PGA Professional Michael Breed hits Hazeltine National Golf Club to give you some helpful tips on the best ways to get out of those dreaded fairway bunkers.
I get out of soft and fluffy sand very well. However untended and unraked, wet, hard packed sand I tend to blade the ball so my open face, bounce exposed, slide the club under the ball obviously is the wrong technique.
I struggle from bunkers, especially in two cases. If the ball is perched in the sand, and I am green-side, how should I play the ball? I struggle with spin and consistency, and I am wondering if I should pick the ball clean or hit down on it.
Consistency in your ball striking from a fairway bunker starts with proper club selection and set-up. It is important to set up with stability, because sand is an unstable environment. Select the club that has the proper loft for the ball to clear the face of the bunker. Your
If you're ball is sunny-side up in the bunker, its time to dig! Grab your wedge and setup with a middle ball position and a square clubface (try a slightly closed face if the lie is really buried). Your club must enter the sand just before the ball and you must follow through a
Don't stand in one place hitting 30 pitch shots and then 30 bunker shots. Position yourself near the practice bunker. Hit a pitch shot. Then hit a bunker a shot. Then try a high lob shot. Then a bump and run. Then a bunker shot with some release.&n
Similar to shots from the turf, greenside bunker shot techniques have changed over time with the advancement of wedges, sand, green surfaces, etc....Players should focus on staying more square to their target line with the body and the path of the swing. Using the bounce of the wedge and
A greenside bunker shot is so much easier than most think. It is nothing more than a "fat pitch." In a greenside bunker we want to hit the sand first.
1. Use a sand wedge- it's made for this shot! 2. Line the ball up with the front of your stance. 3. Open the clubface more than you think for fluffy, beach-type sand.
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