2 Strategies for Hitting Bunker Shots

By Ed Ibarguen

2 Strategies for Hitting Bunker Shots

What to Remember About Bunker Shots

Alright, we are back in the bunker and we are going to hit some golf shots. I just want to do a quick review. We talked about the importance of not letting the club touch the ball, of trying to keep your spine angle on top, and remember, the number one rule is if this ball is in the bunker we want to get it out on the first try and get it on the green.

2 Ways to Practice Your Bunker Shot

Spend a little time practicing your bunker shot so it is not a surprise every time you go out to the golf course. Put a ball in the sand and draw a line straight at your target and let's look at our two options:

1) Line Up With a Square Clubface

We can set up absolutely parallel left, that is nice a square with a square clubface. It is going to have a little less loft on it and you can expect that shot to come out a little bit lower and when it hits the green it is going to roll a little bit more. Watch this one as we are working through it. here we go, watch the trajectory and watch that ball, see how it kicks forward. A little lower trajectory, a much longer kind of a golf shot. Notice that even on that one I went all the way through the shot. I don't want to be a quitter in the sand. That is the surest way to leave the ball in the sand for the next shot. 

2) Line Up to the Left of the Target

The other option and I find it a little easier, but again it is your personal preference. I like to put my body lined up just left of the target. Around 30 of 30 five degrees and I put my clubface still back at the target but tilted back so that the bounce of the club come into it. I am adding a lot more loft. It is going to be a softer shot. From here you will notice that it is going to be a higher shot, a lot softer, and look at that one right there. See how that it lands a little softer, for me I am more comfortable with it, I can be a little more aggressive through the sand because I know that I have that loft. Bam, I can come down and hit that sand shot and splash it right up there.

Again, like so many things in golf, try it, practice it, see which one works best for you and go out and have some fun when you are in the bunker ready to get it up and down.


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