How to hit a bunker shot

Watching the pros getting up and down or even holing out, from greenside bunkers is a mightily impressive sight even if it can become a little repetitive. Surely putting your ball into a hazard should cause more pain than it seems to do to the world's best golfers but it doesn't seem to. Presumably then the combination of technique, practice, and equipment can be combined by us mere mortals to produce results that are, while not perhaps in the same class as the pros, at least passable.

Why then is it so often the case that we are just pleased to get the ball out the bunker and why sometimes do we suffer the ignominy of pacing around the bunker making multiple attempts to do the same and/ or end up with the cleanest strike of the round and a resultant long trek or lost ball? Why indeed?

Perhaps we simply haven't taken the time to acquaint ourselves with the unintuitive notion of hitting the sand instead of the ball or some other technique that the pros employ to such great effect. Check out the guidance and instruction in the section to learn more about bunker play.

Screenshot from lesson titled - 40 Yard Bunker Shot - by Butch Harmon
Screenshot from lesson titled - 40 Yard Bunker Shot - by Butch Harmon

40 Yard Bunker Shot

The dreaded long bunker shot

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Screenshot from lesson titled - Bunker play drill - by Tom Watson
Screenshot from lesson titled - Bunker play drill - by Tom Watson

Bunker play drill

One handed bunker play drill

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Screenshot from lesson titled - Three keys to bunker play - by Chris Ryan
Screenshot from lesson titled - Three keys to bunker play - by Chris Ryan

Three keys to bunker play

Three areas to focus on when in a bunker

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Screenshot from lesson titled - Greenside Bunker Play - by Gary Player, Ernie Els, David Leadbetter
Screenshot from lesson titled - Greenside Bunker Play - by Gary Player, Ernie Els, David Leadbetter

Greenside Bunker Play

Gary Player, Ernie Els and David Leadbetter talk through how they play bunker shots

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Screenshot from lesson titled - Bunker Shots - by Phil Mickelson
Screenshot from lesson titled - Bunker Shots - by Phil Mickelson

Bunker Shots

The master passes on his secrets of how to play and practice bunker shots.

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