The Best Way to Hit a Long Bunker Shot

By Jim McLean

One of the toughest shots in golf is the long bunker shot. We need to make some adjustments here:

6 Pointers for Hitting Long Bunker Shots

  1. We need to hit a little bit closer to the golf ball, we cannot afford to hit three, four, five, six inches behind it. So I need to focus my attention, pretty closely on the area one to two inches behind the golf ball.
  2. I Setup with the ball forward in my stance.
  3. On this shot I need to make more of a normal backswing. I'm not going to pick the club up as much as I do on a normal bunker shot. I need a long sweeping swing which helps me take a shallower divot, or area of sand out. I won’t be going down into the sand nearly as much.
  4. I grip the club all the way to the end and firm up my grip slightly.
  5. I focus my attention on that area near the golf ball and make sure that I make a nice turn on my backswing.
  6. Then I really accelerate the golf club on the way through. I must carry through on this shot and have to trust that it will work.

Summary

Remember, ball forward, club hovering above the ground right about where I'm going to make contact and then carry on through, full out swing. This shot takes a little bit of practice and it's always a difficult shot. Even the greatest players in the world, don't hit the ball in super close most of the time. If you get it up 10, 12 feet from the hole, you've hit a very good shot.

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