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Top tips to play out of a bunker

Published on 26 September 2019
Tired of getting stuck in the sand? Here’s our top tips for freeing yourself from a sand bunker…
Top tips to play out of a bunker

Sand bunkers are the biggest challenge of any golf course. Whether the sand is soft and fluffy or hard and grounded, a bunker shot could set back even the most experienced golfer.

We’re not sure there’s such a thing as ‘mastering’ the bunker shot, however there are steps you can take to help you free your ball from the sand with as little time wasted as possible.

Here are our top tips for playing out of a bunker…

1. Choose the right club
Choosing the right club is essential if you want to get out of the sand. You’ll need to opt for a club with enough loft to get the ball in the air – aim for 54-58 degrees, depending on how fluffy the sand is. The firmer the ground, the higher loft you’ll need to free the ball.

2. Plant your feet
Dig and twist your feet into the sand, firmly cementing your stance. Sand can be slippery, especially when it’s dry. You need to have a really strong base for your feet to help you hit the shot with the necessary force to free it from its trap.

3. Open the face
This is really important. Opening the clubface will help you slice it under the ball, making it easier to lift for a higher, softer flight. Open your body and angle your club so that the clubface is aligned to the right of the ball.

4. Play off your front foot
The further back you play the ball, the lower the trajectory it will take. Playing the ball off your front foot is essential for creating a steep descent and the necessary backspin for your shot.

5. Make a big swing
Now that you’re all set up, it’s time to think about your swing. You want an outside-in swing path so the ball comes out high and soft with maximum control.

6. Take sand with you
Don’t hold back on the power. While the green might not be far from the bunker, amateurs often underestimate how much power it takes to lift that ball from the sand.

7. Get it out!
Don’t get caught up in trying make the most impressive bunker shot. Remember, above everything else, the aim is to get the ball out.

8. Avoid bunkers…
When it comes to bunkers, the best advice for any golfer is not to get in one in the first-place. Bunker shots can stump even the most experienced golfers. The only way to guarantee you play a smooth game is to avoid the sand as best you can!