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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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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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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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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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The long 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.
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One armed bunker drill
PGA Professional Terry Hertzog gives you a great tip to improve your bunker play.
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Longer greenside bunker shot
PGA Professional Bill Murchison instructs you on how to approach a longer greenside bunker shot.
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The proper bunker stance
PGA Professional Terry Hertzog demonstrates how to get the correct stance when attempting to escape a bunker.
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Improve Technique in the Bunker
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.
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Bunker shots
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.
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Perched lie in the bunker
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.
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The Fried-Egg
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
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"The essence of a greenside bunker shot"
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.
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