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how to hit out of a fairway bunker

How to hit out of a fairway bunker

Easy to chunk, just as easy to thin, the fairway bunker shot is one of the hardest in golf. Here's what to do
 

It’s a feeling of dread that every golfer has experienced. You’ve hit a tee shot, good or bad, and watched it fly or roll into a fairway bunker. The usual punishment is having to play out sideways or in some cases, backwards. But what do you do when there’s a chance to escape without penalty? Watch my video for some tips on how to hit out of a fairway bunker effectively…

How to hit out of a fairway bunker: The main points

First things first, a bunker is an unforgiving place so a clean strike is essential. To give yourself the best chance, it’s vital that you make some adjustments to your pre-swing fundamentals.

Moving the ball position forward in your stance will allow you to hit it on the up and ensure you’re not digging into the sand. As well as this, shifting your weight slightly onto your heels will further encourage that shallow contact.

Want to learn more? You’ll have to watch the video.

Dan Whittaker is an elite golf swing and performance coach based at High Legh. For more information, visit his website or click here for more advice. 

Andrew Wright

NCG's instruction editor. Terrible student so trying my hand at passing on some of the best advice I've never listened to. Member of Royal Troon. Favourite golfer is two-time major winner and hall of famer, Retief Goosen.

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