Amateur golfers, as well as professional golfers, will breathe a sigh of frustration when facing bunker shots. And as course difficulty increases so does the number of bunkers and their size. That’s why, instead of guessing, it’s good to know which shot techniques to use for the various bunker conditions you might encounter.

 

  1. Hard bunker shots

Golfer in the Bunker

Golfer in the Bunker

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Hard bunker shots are relatively easier to execute successfully than regular bunkers. In this situation, take the shot with the ball near your right foot and choke up on the sand wedge. Now place both hands ahead of the club head and put weight on your left leg for a clean shot. Finally, instead of scooping the ball, focus your swing rhythm on hitting the ball out of the bunker.

 

  1. Deep bunker shots

Golf ball  and sand bunker

Golf ball and sand bunker

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 When the ball is half buried in the sand and looks like a fried egg, this is called a “fried egg” bunker shot. The club face needs to be open, allowing the club to undercut the sand, for a steep shot that will punch the ball out of the bunker. Choke up on the club handle and shorten your back swing. The goal is to escape the bunker rather than placing the ball near the hole.

 

  1. Fairway bunker shots

Modern courses have fairways with wider bunkers and shallow lips for easier escape shots. Take a steeper shot swing if the ball is buried in the sand, otherwise, you can hit the ball out of the bunker with a regular swing. After you have determined the correct swing, securely plant your feet into the sand, choke up on the club, and swing with a sweeping motion.

 

  1. Regular bunker shots

When the ball has a good lie on regular bunkers, take full advantage of your sand wedge for a clean shot. Open up the club face and swing thru the sand with a sweeping motion. Keep in mind that the more you open up the club face, it will result in a higher shot but with less distance. Also, higher swing speeds will give even greater height and distance to your shot.