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The Last Bunker Tip You’ll Ever Need

If you’re like most weekend players, you use the same ball position in a bunker as you do from grass. With the ball played back, you’re forced to lean away from the target or swing down steeply so you catch the sand first — big-time bunker no-nos.

Play the ball forward and open the face — that’s easy. And one more thing: The pros tend to swing with more speed in the bunker than they do on other greenside shots. They accelerate through the ball, so much so that their wedge exits the sand before the ball begins exploding upward. You don’t need to swing out of your spikes — just feel like you’re “pulling” the club aggressively through impact. This drill will give you the “pro” feel.



1. With the ball forward and the face open, make a three-quarter backswing with a full wrist hinge using only your left arm.

2. Swing down. Because of the forward ball position, the clubhead will hit the sand first. Through impact, feel as though you’re pulling the clubhead past the ball with your left arm.

3. Continue pulling [and rotating] until your left wrist hinges the club past vertical in your follow-through.

Hopefully this helps. Let us know some of your sand shot tips that help you.

3 thoughts on “The Last Bunker Tip You’ll Ever Need

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    Ron Couchot, USGTF

    Not Mentioned in the drill: The golfer must continue to accelerate thru the ball. The sand will eat your swing/club without this acceleration.

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      better read it again then!

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    Interesting Article! Thanks

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