Probably the most difficult shot to hit out of the bunker is a down hill bunker shot. It's difficult because it is usually at the back of the bunker and you have a lot of carry. It's also tough because you have a very awkward stance. Let me give you a few ideas that might make the shot just a little bit easier for you.
Secrets for Hitting a Downhill Lie Bunker Shot
- First of all, you're not going to try to get this too close. The purpose of this is get it on the green and keep it out of trouble. I'm going to play the ball back in my stance, a little back of center; my weight is entirely on my left foot. You can see I can pick my right foot up. I put my hands ahead of the ball.
- From this position, what I'm going to attempt to do is to pick the club up very, very quickly. I'm going to follow the terrain, that's always a good principle in golf, you never fight the terrain, you follow the terrain.
- So I'm going to pick the club up and hit down on the ball, not too far behind the ball, probably about an inch. Then I'm going to pull my left arm in toward my body as close as I can. It's going to be really outside, pulling in, pulling left toward my body swing. I'm not going to follow-through too much, there's really no room to go.
Remember I just want to get this on the green; I don't want to allow disaster to strike. This is a very difficult shot, so don't get greedy; just try to get the ball out of the bunker. Bogies are OK.