How to Hit the Perfect Bunker Shot Every Time

By Jim McLean

Hi, Jim McLean. We are going to go through bunker basics, with the standard bunker shot. Nothing fancy here. I am going to go through the things that are most important.

Basic Tips For Hitting a Bunker Shot

  1. First, wide grip pressure; make sure that the club feels heavy to you. You really want to be loose and relaxed, that is for your hands, wrists, arms and shoulders.
  2. Then play the ball from the center of your stance, forward, never play the ball back because that will place your hands in front of the golf club. We want the club pretty much vertical or even slightly back. That allows you to use the bounce of your sand wedge.
  3. Lastly, we want to make sure we get the club up on our backswing and up on the finish.

So it looks something like this: Make sure to finish toward the target, looking at your target, never try to keep your head down forever. Go through the shot to a complete finish.


Category: Bunker Play
Sub Categories: Backswing, Follow-Through, Grip, Hands, Wrist

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