50-Yard Bunker Shots

By Contributing Writer

Bunker shots of any kind are liable to cause concern for many amateur golfers. However the 50-yard bunker shot is one that even the professionals call one of the hardest shots in golf. It requires a particular technique, different from that used for greenside explosion shots, but it can be mastered.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Take the correct club for the shot. A sand wedge is designed for hitting high, soft shots from the sand, not for getting the extra distance required here. Select a pitching wedge or 9 iron to give you less loft, less spin and more forward release.
Step 2
Set up with your stance and clubface slightly open, but not as far open as you would for a short greenside explosion shot.
Step 3
Position the ball close to your left heel.
Step 4
Take a full swing along the line of your feet, hitting the sand about an inch behind the ball and continuing through to a full high finish.

Tips & Warnings

The main problem with this shot is getting enough distance from the sand. Trying to take the ball cleanly from the sand requires a very precise strike, particularly for less than a full shot, so taking the less lofted club and still aiming to hit the sand behind the ball is the better option. The club selection, combined with taking less sand than a greenside shot, will give you enough distance to reach the hole. Allow for more roll on the ball after it lands, as this shot will have less spin on it than a greenside bunker shot.
Be realistic about this shot. Depending on your lie in the sand, the height of the lip on the bunker and position of the pin, just getting the ball onto the green and accepting two putts may be a realistic goal.

Subscribe Today

Get our best training tips, videos, and tee times deals -- straight to your inbox

Tee Times Deals to your inbox
Join our mailing list today!


Alex M. unlocked the Golf Guru Achievement!
Reviewed 5 golf courses.

Alex M.  left a review of Anaheim Hills

Alex M.  Scored 71 at  Anaheim Hills Anaheim, California

Christie F.  uploaded a photo of Myrtle Beach National, Kings North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Keeping Your Eye On The Ball Watch Video>>

Tee Time Deals

Friday, Mar 23 to Wednesday, Mar 28

Related Articles

Article Image How to Hit a Golf Ball on a Bad Lie

What could be worse than hitting a perfect drive and you find that it h...

Article Image Golf Tips to Swing Hard

Under most circumstances, golfers are urged to swing the club with some...

Article Image How to Grip a Golf Club

Of all the things you must learn to play better golf, the grip is the m...

Article Image How Can I Get More Distance Out of My Driver?

The driver is the most difficult club to hit since it is the longest. T...

Article Image How to Eliminate a Golf Slice

A persistent golf slice is the mark of an amateur. This occurs when the...

View All Related Articles