How to Blast One From a Bunker Downslope

By Jackson Lewis

When faced with a bunker shot, many golfers cringe. A lot of us fail to practice regularly enough from the sand to make a bunker shot feel as natural as one from the fairway or rough. When we have not only a bunker shot, but one that is lying downslope in the bunker, however, many times a mishit will occur, resulting in losing more strokes than should have been lost on the hole. When faced with this type of bunker shot, first ensure that you don't find yourself bending at the waist too much, or you could quickly find yourself losing your balance.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Use your posterior to keep your posture erect and maintain control of the upcoming swing.
Step 2
Open your stance to about 20 degrees to the left of the target line where you are aiming your golf shot.
Step 3
Place the golf ball in the middle of your stance.
Step 4
Put the majority of your weight on your left-hand side for a right-handed golfer (reverse for a left-handed golfer).
Step 5
Cock your wrist as soon as you begin your backswing to ensure that you have enough steepness in your motion to strike the golf ball solidly with the downhill lie in the bunker.

About The Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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