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Golf Tip: Long Bunker Shot

April 11, 2013

Hitting a Long Bunker Shot

Don’t use your sand wedge, or even your gap wedge. Because of the amount of sand you have to carry, it’s best in this situation to use your pitching wedge. From here, play the sand shot like you normally would: Open the face slightly, play the ball slightly ahead of center, and take a full, aggressive swing, striking the sand a few inches behind the ball. The more sand you have to carry, the harder it is to hit a splash shot. Instead of defaulting to your sand wedge, change up the loft of your club to get your ball to carry further.

Minnesota PGA professional Mike Barge demonstrates this tip in the video below.

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