Get Out, Get On, or Get Close
You know, bunker shots can be so easy, but then you get one that looks like this it can be so intimidating that you don't know what to do. Well the good thing about bunkers is that you have three choices: get out, get on, get close. If I was going to play get out with this big lip here I would go in that direction back there, I would get out of the bunker and then I would play towards the pin. Get on, I would stand like this and then I would go to the side because there is very little lip. But knowing all of you are going to be like me we are going to try to hit it near that stick.
Facing a Steep Lip
Well the pin from the fringe is only about fifteen feet away. And talk about a vertical facing, that is scary. The first thing we need to know is this is a magnet, I am going to put it on the clubface and it is going to show you my 56 degrees of loft without opening the clubface. So for all of you who are playing this shot with an wide open clubface it really is not necessary because if I could just get 56 degrees of loft to the sand correctly the ball is going to pop up beautifully without me trying to manipulate it. Here is what we are going to do. I have a nice lie here in the bunker, I am going to aim the club right at the pin, I am going to set up with the ball off my front foot and all I am going to do is hit my hover point.
Find the Hover Point
So you say what is the hover point? That is the point where my club is sitting above the ground behind the ball. With a square clubface here we go. Nicely up and on and next to the pin. Now did it clear that lip by very much? Of course not because the lip is way above me, but instead of me trying to open the clubface, open me and make this shot more difficult that it already is, I played this shot from a square set up with a square face, taking a square divot that is going right at the pin and the ball just popped up there real nicely. The harder the shot the simpler the option. Do not make it more complex that it already is. Have fun with this because this one is a toughie.