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Golf Bunker Shots
I have sent you the first 6 tips in my 10-Tip Series of how you can reduce your scores through
better mechanics and solid swing fundamentals. You can review those here:
Tips

This week's lesson is entitled, "How to Get out of Bunkers", and everyone knows how
frustrating they can be if you don't know the proper mechanics to get out of them. But the bottom
line is, for the pros, bunker shots are some of the easiest shots on the course.

These steps will ensure that you have the right mechanics for getting out of bunkers. Once you\u2019ve read these steps, practice them and get used to hitting out of bunkers, and they will become just as natural as a regular short game shot. These steps will give you the solid foundation that you need for bunker success.

Here are the steps: (note: These steps apply to a normal sand bunker. Not wet or hard sand)

1. Choke down on the golf club (Have your right index finger about an inch from the bottom of the
grip). Choking down gives you the control with the club and also allows you to \u201cfeel\u201d the shot
rather than hitting it.

2. Narrow your stance a little and play the ball a few inches forward in your stance. This will also

aid in controlling the shot, and it will contribute to higher ball flight.
3. Dig into the sand with your feet a little and get comfortable.
4. Keep your body completely still throughout (no twisting hips).
5. Start your swing with your arms and keep your swing vertical. The end of the grip butt should

be pointed at the ball at the top of your backswing. (Don\u2019t bring the club straight back, remember

steep is better here!)
6. Your left arm should be parallel to the ground and fully extended at the top of your swing.
7. Then start your downswing at the sand focusing to hit 1 inch behind the ball. Don\u2019t focus on

hitting the ball, hit the sand an inch behind and the ball will get out every time!
8. Your arms and body follow the ball as it leaves the sand.
9. Remember steep angle into the sand is key here, however you don\u2019t have to swing too hard,

we are not blasting the ball out we are advancing it.
Drill:

Go into a bunker and take 3 clubs your pitching wedge, sand wedge, and a lob wedge(if you have
one). Remember that you can get creative with shots; just because it\u2019s a sand wedge doesn\u2019t
mean that you\u2019ll \u201cfeel\u201d the most comfortable or give you the best results. But I want you to notice
the difference in design and performance.

Regardless, hit a few shots with each club and really notice the difference in how the ball comes
out of the sand. Then choose the club that bests suits you. But remember on all these clubs
swing steep and hit 1 inch behind the ball. You can even draw a line 1-2 inches behind the ball
and aim for that line.

At home, office, or at the course take practice swings and focus on bringing the club up at a steep
angle. Watch as your grip end points to the ground. And stop there - this is the position that you
want to be in. A great way to see if the grip is pointed over the ball is sticking a tee in the grip
handle. Do that a few times to ensure that you know where to stop the golf club and start your
steep downswing. Then the downswing is easy! Just hit an inch behind the ball. Practice this for a
few days then go have fun in a bunker!

Next week, we'll discuss buried lies, and then it's on to chipping and putting. Good golfing, until
then. If you would like to order "The Simple Golf Swing" Tap here

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