How to Hit Your Golf Ball Out of a Greenside Bunker

By Tim Cusick

Mastering the Long Bunker Golf Shot

Let me set the stage for you. I am at the seventeenth hold in a greenside bunker of the Four Seasons Resort and Club TPC Golf Course. 2007 Scoot Verplank was in this very bunker faced with this shot on the 70 first hole, he had to make it up and in to make par and move to the eighteenth hold to protect a two shot lead. He was faced with a rather long bunker shot so he has to make sure he has a full follow through, he has to make sure he has a lot of speed to get the ball to the hole as well.

Keep the Ball Forward in Your Golf Stance on Bunker Shots

So I am going to set the stage as far as how I am going to hit this shot. I am going to dig my feet in, put the ball more forward in my stance, and then I have to make sure that I make a full backswing and a full follow through, hit the sand first. Let's play the shot. I had the right line but I came up just a little bit short on the distance. Remember, when you are playing out of a greenside bunker make sure the ball is more forward in your stance, dig your feet in a little bit, swing back and swing through, turn your body through and make contact with the sand first. That is the recipe for success in a greenside bunker.

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