Tips to Hit Out of Waste Areas in Golf

By John Elliott

Tips to Hit Out of Waste Areas in Golf

Difference Between Waste Areas and Bunkers

Now most of you probably think you were looking at a bunker but in reality this is called a waste area. How does it vary from a bunker?

  1. Well first of all as we panned through there you did not see any rakes. Around bunkers there are rakes, around waste areas there are not.
  2. Secondly there are trees in this waste area and most importantly there are even some rocks in here. The neat thing is that you would play this as you would play a normal shot in rough so let me go do that.
  3. I have a ball in here and near it is a rock, well in a bunker I am not allowed to move this rock but in a waste area I am, so let's get rid of it.

Getting Out of the Waste

As I prepare to hit the shot I have a very nice lie, very firm ground, very, very firm ground, so I want to make sure that I hit this with a descending blow and I am going to send it out of here on a relatively low trajectory. Basically what I am going to do is set up to play a low shot.

What that means to me is that I am going to choke down, I am going to set the club behind the ball and I am allowed to sole the club in here. That club is now resting on the ground. Don't try to penalize me, in a bunker that is a penalty but in a waste area it is not. So I have soled the club, I am going to take my set up and my stance. I want to set my right foot in here at a little bit of an angle so that I do not lose my footing, the club is back on the ground and watch. Very nice solid club, ball, ground contact.

The only thing that I do in a waste area is I kind of clean up the mess that I made but even that is not required because again this is not a bunker. In a bunker you rake your way out, in a waste area you just simply walk your way out. So these are a little easier to play from. Either way we do not want you in them, but as long as you are you may as well know what to do. See ya.


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