The Right Golf Shot to Use to Hit Out of Greenside Bunkers

By Denis Pugh

The greenside bunker shot. It's an easy shot when you watch the Tour Pros on television. We have all seen them splash out of bunkers and hit the ball close with lots of spin. You may have even read about how to do this in the golf magazines. I would like to demonstrate that shot for you to show you how a Tour Pro plays it and then talk about a way that some less talented players might want to tackle this shot.

How to Hit Greenside Bunker Shots: PGA Pros vs. Average Golfers

Let's look first at the PGA Tour star. He opens the clubface to increase the loft. To get more spin he aims left and puts a little bit of a cut swing on the ball. As he plays the shot he is looking to get the ball to come out high and land soft. Let me show you how…..They don't always go in the hole, even for the tour player.

But look at the high handicapper's job. He or she should understand that the club manufacturer has put sufficient flange on the club to bounce through the sand. So put the clubface square, align the body square or maybe a fraction left of the target but basically square and play the swing as a pitch that you are going to hit fat.

Don't try anything fancy here you are just trying to get out to the green and let the ball roll up, no spin on this one. Not everyone can play on the PGA Tour but everyone should be able to get out of a greenside bunker on their first go.


Category: Bunker Play
Sub Categories: Course Strategy

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