Proper Bunker Shot Technique

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For all golfers professional and amateur alike, a single bunker shot can mean the difference between a record round and just another good day. A slight turn of the wrist or a lazy swing can cost you valuable strokes trying to dig the ball from the sand a second or even third time. Bunker shot technique is easily one of the most important facets of the game of golf, as mistakes in the sand can be crucial to your scorecard. Yet oddly enough, bunker shot technique is wildly under-practiced by a majority of golfers.

If you spend even a little bit of time during your practice routine working on your bunker shot technique and improving your mechanics, you can save yourself from being stuck in the traps all day long. In this video, we teach you the correct bunker shot technique, which can be repeated each and every time, making only minor changes depending on the type of sand from which you’re playing.

Proper bunker shot technique begins with weight placement

The first component of good bunker shot technique is your stance, more specifically where you put your body weight in your stance. PGA Professionals Bill Forrest and Kevin Weeks explain how the distribution of your weight and the positioning of the ball in relation to your feet dictate where your shot ends up. To give you a sense of the what good bunker shot technique looks like, our instructors demonstrate how your stance should be pre-swing, mid-swing and post-swing.

Swinging through the sand

Another vital piece of good bunker shot technique is maintaining the correct clubface angle and locating the optimal point of impact on the ball. No matter the type of sand or conditions of a bunker, your goal is always to make contact with the sand first and then the ball. You never want to hear that thunk of the club hitting mostly ball with only some sand.

You can drastically improve your bunker shot technique in the downswing by practicing a simple drill that utilizes a painted board and a buried iron shaft. With this cool tip, you’ll discover the importance of keeping the blade from digging into the sand, and learn how exactly you can do that in one easy step.