How to Hit a High Spinning Shot From the Bunker

By Jane Blalock

Let's discuss the bunker shot to achieve maximum spin. The opportunities for this shot will be when the green is sloping away from you, you're hitting to a very hard green or the flagstick is placed very close to the bunker. You use this shot when you need to hit the ball high and stop the ball as quickly as you can so it doesn't release too much.

Correct Stance to Hit a Bunker Shot

The stance is very similar to a typical bunker shot, the primary difference is the plane of the sand wedge. You're going to pick the club up a little more abruptly; it's going to be more of a 'V' type swing plane. I'm going to pick it up abruptly and as I swing through I am going to swing with great acceleration in my left arm.

  • My head stays behind the ball, which is very important.
  • My left arm is going to swing through and the left arm is going to fold in toward my body.

The more that left arm folds in the more spin you're going to achieve. It's going to be like the sensation of bouncing the club off the sand. Don't be afraid of hitting it too hard because the more acceleration, the greater control. This is going to help you a great deal on those very difficult sand shots.


Category: Bunker Play
Sub Categories: Arms, Swing Plane

About the Instructor

Jane Blalock
Jane Blalock
The Jane Blalock Company
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Boston, MA 02129
Cambridge, MA 02141
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