Fairway Bunkers

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Fairway Bunkers
Category: Bunker Play
Sub-Category: Fairway Shots, Swing Plane, Bad Lies, Fat & Thin Shots

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Fairway Bunkers

Here is a tip on playing one of the more difficult shots in golf, the fairway bunker. The reason this is a hard shot is because you have very little room for error. What I mean by that is that you have to make perfect ball/club contact. You can’t hit the sand behind the ball because if you do you are going to come out fat with your shot and it probably won’t go more than 20 or 30 yards. There are a couple of adjustments that you want to make in order to hit a fairway bunker shot. First dig your feet into the sand to keep from slipping too much when you are swinging because the sand does not offer the footing that the grass does. When you dig your feet in you have to choke down on the club the same amount you dug in because digging your feet in will cause you to hit underneath the ball if you do not choke down a little bit. Next, put the ball a little bit further back in your stance and your weight a little forward on your left side. When you swing you are going to try to concentrate on using a little less body motion but making sure you turn your body through. A little less body motion going back but make sure that you turn your body through, this brings the bottom of the swing forward (closer to the target) and keeps you from hitting behind the ball and catching the sand first. Ball back in your stance Hands forward Weight forward Make sure you turn your body through to the target. The whole idea is to make sure you catch the ball and then hit the sand, if you do this you will have a good fairway bunker shot.

About the Instructor
Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300

Hank Haney is the instructor to PGA Tour Pros Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #4 instructor in the world.


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