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."

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Full Bunkers library

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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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2.
One armed bunker drill
PGA Professional Terry Hertzog gives you a great tip to improve your bunker play.
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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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4.
Good bunker play
PGA Professional Mitch Lowe shares a tip on how to improve your bunker game.
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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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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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Fairway Bunker Shots
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.
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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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Improve your contact out of the fairway bunker
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
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Green Side Bunker Shots
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
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12.
Play the game!
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
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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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Greenside Bunker Shot
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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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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