Up Against A Bunker’s Lip

Up Against A Bunker’s Lip

Have you ever been unlucky enough to find yourself in this situation. You’ve hit a nice shot into the green but you didn’t quite just make it over the lip. It’s really not that difficult of a shot if you know the angles. If you take your normal bunker setup with a slightly open clubface, it’s not open enough to send the ball up over this lip. You’d hit the ball right into the bank. So you want to set the face wide open, you almost want to lay the club down in the bunker like that and that has enough loft to get it up over the edge. Second, you want to go ahead and swing right into the bank of that bunker, the club is going to stop right there on your follow-through. Let’s give it a try, notice how open I have the face and I’m going to chop the legs from right underneath it. That would be a great shot from here. Now my goal from this spot is just to get that ball out. If I can get it on the edge of the green like I did there that would be great. But there is no way I can get it to the pin because of the angles since that ball has got to come out so high. It would be very difficult to hit it that far. Remember, when you’re up against that lip, you need a clubface angle with a lot of loft to get the ball to go straight up in the air and go ahead and hit right into that bank. You’d be surprised of the results that you will get.

Category: Bunker Play
Sub-Category: Short Game, High Shots, Bad Lies
About the Instructor
Mike LaBauve
Mike LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283

Mike LaBauve is one of the world's greatest short game instructors and teacher to LPGA phenom Grace Park. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #31 instructor in the world.


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