How to Hit Out of Long Greenside Bunker Golf Shots

By Tim Cusick

How to Hit a Long Golf Shot from a Greenside Bunker

I am faced with one of the most difficult shots in golf right here. Between myself and the pin is about 30 five yards and I am in a greenside bunker. It is a very difficult shot because you have to decide whether you are going to make contact with the golf ball or make contact with the sand. When you are this far out that is a very, very difficult proposition.

  • What I like to do when I am this far away is I like to use a little bit straighter faced club so I still make contact with the sand.
  • If my lie is decent, which it is today, I am going to use a 9-iron and play an explosion shot. The ball will come out a little lower and it will run a bit more but it still ensures me making contact with the sand.
  • I am going to choke down a little for this shot because the ball is slightly above my feet.
  • I still play the ball forward in my stanc.
  • I am going to lower my hands down a little bit and I am going to make contact with the sand first and let the ball run right down towards the pin.

As you can see I made contact with the sand first, the ball came out a little bit low and it ran down towards the pin and it is an easy shot to play with just a little bit of practice. When you are faced with a decision on whether you are going to make contact with the sand or with the golf ball always exhaust the possibility of taking a straighter faced club so you can still make contact with that sand.

About the Instructor