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Escaping Bunkers (Tip 1) -DK

No matter who you are or how good you are, during a round of golf there’s always a chance of hitting a shot into a bunker. And I know bunkers can be intimidating at times so I am going to show you a simple way to escape them! There are many ways to hit shots; high and low, with spin and without but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and start with a basic intro on how to hit a bunker shot.

Set Up
Set up in the bunker is a little bit different than a normal iron set up. The clubface is opened and so are your feet and shoulders. “Open” in golf simply means you are aiming left of your target for a righty and vice versa for a lefty. What I do to check my set up is I draw a horizontal and a vertical line in a letter “t” form. My ball is set in the top left corner beside the vertical line whilst the clubface and the heel of my left foot are directly on it. The right foot is set higher than the left to “open” up my set up.

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set up – front view
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set up – side view

You also want to feel sturdy standing over the ball. Don’t over think this one instead try and feel centered, not too forward, not too back, juuusssttt right…
like the Goldilocks and the three bear story! 🙂

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no, yes, no

Swing
In the bunker you have to make sure you swing from out-to-in. The reason is this swing path allows you to use the bounce of the clubhead instead of the leading edge. If you swing in-to-out, the leading edge will dig into the sand and cause a heavy shot like a chunk. Don’t worry about all these technical terms, instead just think “out-to-in” because this is the key to bunker shots. In order to practice this, I draw an arrow out-to-in and practice swinging in that direction. pssst… Follow the Arrow ↖
Here are some photos of Do’s and Don’ts…

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in-to-out… DON’T
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out-to-in… DO

I personally enjoy hitting bunker shots because it’s entertaining and challenging at the same time. Also as a fun fact… it’s one of the first shots my dad taught me how to hit when I started golf! Thank you for reading “Escaping Bunkers” and now that you have the basic tools, don’t be in fear of hitting good bunker shots!

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XOXO
Danielle Kang

**featured image provided by Getty Images**

 

18 thoughts on “Escaping Bunkers (Tip 1) -DK

  1. Good tips!

    Which loft/bounce combinations do you recommend for good bunkers (ones with soft sand, easy to hit through sand) and for the ones that are little wet or where the sand is more compact?

    1. Hi Mikko,

      I use loft 10 and a 60degrees for a standard bunker shot. But depending on the shots, various clubs can be used. For the types of sand, it’s just a different technique. Moving the ball more forward, taking it more aggressively out-to-in, releasing earlier, these all differ depending on what type of sand/shot you’re trying to hit. Hope this helps!

      -Danielle

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