Short Bunker Shot

Thanks for previewing this video. Please upgrade your account to Pro to finish watching and get unlimited access over 1,000+ training videos. Click here to see all of the other perks you'll receive as a GolfLink Pro!
Short Bunker Shot
Category: Bunker Play
Sub-Category: Short Game, Follow-Through, Swing Plane, Low Shots, Shank & Toe Shots

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Short Bunker Shot

The short bunker shot. Let me tell you how we teach this shot at our golf schools which is much different then you’ve likely heard. I’m going to show you what I’ve learned from Claude Harmon who was the greatest bunker teacher ever to play the game. I’ve also learned a lot from Ken Venturi. Now, this shot can be played with a variety of clubs, believe it or not, if you have the right technique. You don’t need a 60 degree wedge or a 64 degree wedge. For example, Brad Faxon, someone I work with, uses a 56 degree sand wedge and nobody in the world is better at short bunker shots than Faxon. Of course you need the right technique. The ball is played forward, if you do use a 56 degree wedge you must open the face quite a bit more, so you turn the face open then place your hands on the club. Don’t make the mistake of keeping the club square and then just rolling the face open because that will give you a real strong grip, something we don’t want to have. There are four basic thoughts: 1) Open the face of your club; 2) Put the ball forward in your stance; 3) Use a fairly wide stance; and 4) Stand quite a bit further away from the ball. These steps will allow your hands to get lower, and again that’s very important. I feel like I hit actually the heel of the golf club, right in the back here when I hit my short bunker shots, never out on the toe. So lay the club down this way, leave the face open, the balls played way forward. To compensate for this I put my weight a little bit more forward. Putting the weight more forward also allows me to get the club up, helps me to get the club up much more. You can imagine if I must put my weight back that encourages a low take away. So quick, weight forward, ball forward, hands down low, you’re going to hit the bottom of the golf club right here, get that club to elevate. The most important thing to control distance is the length of the finish, so we’re going to stay very short. Short bunker shot, short finish. That’s how you play the short bunker shot. Remember the shorter the shot, the shorter the finish.

About the Instructor
Jim  McLean
Jim  McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL

Jim McLean runs the Jim McLean Golf Schools, considered by some the world's finest. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #3 instructor in the world.

Subscribe Today

Get our best training tips, videos, and tee times deals -- straight to your inbox

Tee Times Deals to your inbox
Join our mailing list today!


Rodney R.  just went PRO!

Kristy M.  just went PRO!

Dave G.  Scored 72 at  Belmont Henrico, Virginia

Pablo G.  Scored 100 at  Brookside 1 Pasadena, California

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Selecting The Irons In Your Bag Watch Video>>

Tee Time Deals

Monday, Mar 19 to Saturday, Mar 24

Putting Stance and Set Up Although putting is mostly feel you must begin with a proper set up to allow for the correct body movements
Fairway Bunkers Try these two new ways to hit this difficult shot with some spin for control
Feel For Putting Speed Learning how to judge the speed of a putt is a developed skill which can be improved with a simple drill like this one

Find a Golf Course

Please enter some search criteria.
Popular Golf Courses
Top 100 Courses Book Tee Times