In this video I use some swings taken from Tour events showing various players hitting bunker shots while utilizing the techniques that I regularly teach. Of course, not every player does it this way, but enough do (as do I) and I have found that I can get even the most damaged bunker victims to hit passable bunker shots and have a plan for approaching the shot that gives them a chance to repeat that success on the course. Join the forum discussion on this post
Long bunker shots have been called the hardest shot in golf. Certainly it is not easy to get these shots close, but you do not have to fear disaster every time you face one if you follow the technique in this video. An important factor is to remember that it is OK to change clubs to hit bunker shots further.
Here I hit another bunker shot out of a funky lie, this time on a steep down-slope. There probably isn’t a harder shot to play, so pay attention and it may save you a few shots.
Here I show how I hit a bunker shot out of a steep uphill lie. I owe Greg Norman for this technique, as I stole it from him based on his explanation of how he hit a great shot at the Bay Hill Classic back in the late 80’s. It worked for him, and it’s worked for me many times. I think you’ll find it surprisingly uncomplicated and effective.
After watching the first segment of the Bunker series you should have a good idea about how to set up and hit a standard bunker shot. In this short video I demonstrate how to hit the shot shorter (and usually higher) as well as longer.
Over the years I have taught many short game “schools” with groups of golfers of all ability levels, and inevitably the area where players struggle the most is in the sand. In this video I go over the set up procedure for the bunker shot in great detail, and trust me, you will do far better if you follow my instructions to the letter, and do it every time you hit one, be it in the practice bunker, on the course in everyday situations, or in competition.