Stance Adjustments for Hitting Out of Fairway Bunkers

Stance Adjustments for Hitting Out of Fairway Bunkers

In fairway bunkers we want club-ball contact to send our ball to our target area. Here are a few things for you to consider that will help your success rate in these shots.

The Right Club (and Strategy) to Escape From a Bunker

First, consider your escape route, and you want to do it from the ball's perspective. If you have a lip in front of you then you may not get the ball out. What will happen is that we are trying to hit the ball a little bit thin here in the bunker to make sure we get good club-ball contact, the ball is going to tend to come out a little lower.

Probably about two lofts lower. Which means if you are hitting a 5-iron, it is going to turn into a 3-iron. The worst sound you want to hear is click-thud, where now you have to pitch the ball out of the bunker. Here are several things for you to consider.

3 Steps: Hitting Out of Bunkers

  1. Number one, play your ball back in your stance a little bit to help guarantee that the club is going to catch the ball first and then the sand.
  2. Number two, dig your stance in a little bit and have your weight hanging out on your left side. You don't need a great big weight shift on this. It is going to be more of an arm type swing.
  3. Number three, and probably the most important, is in your swing keep your chin up on your backswing. As you swing down and through it keep your chin up to keep you tall through the golf ball to insure club-ball contact.

Let me show you with a golf shot. The ball got out of there, towards the target area. Things for you to consider, the most important one is keep your chin up through the entire shot, it is going guarantee club-ball contact and get you out to the target area.

Category: Bunker Play
Sub-Category: Posture, Fairway Shots
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Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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