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How to Hit Out of a Fairway Bunker

October 4, 2012

Golf Tips for a Fairway Bunker

The biggest difference between playing out of a fairway bunker and a green side bunker is simple.  Often golfers assume that both shots require hitting the sand first and not striking the ball.  When you are in a fairway bunker you want to make contact with the ball first and then the sand.  In a green side bunker, you want to make contact with the sand first and your club will never touch the ball.  So, even though you are playing from the same hazard, you need to treat these two shots differently.

For the fairway bunker shot, you want to strike the ball first before the sand. To do this, you just need to remember 3 simple things:

  1. Place the ball slightly “back center” of your stance.
  2. Choke down slightly with your grip.  Move your hands a little bit lower down the shaft than normal.
  3. Shift your body weight slightly forward.  Your weight should be on the side facing the target.

Now, take your normal golf swing and see how easy it is to hit from the fairway bunker!  You can watch in the video below,  Minnesota PGA Professional Greg Schulze demonstrates the golf tip.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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