Fairway Bunker Shot

If you want to become more consistent when hitting a fairway bunker shot, follow these basic steps and watch your game improve.

The Fairway Bunker Shot

I found myself in a fairway bunker but a hundred fifty yards from the green. Today we’re going to go over the basics and how to hit a fairway bunker shot.

In a fairway bunker the first thing I’m going to do is actually take one extra club. So typically I hit an 8-iron about a hundred fifty yards with this bunker shot I’m going to be hitting a 7-iron.

The second thing I want you to do when taking your grip, please grip halfway down. That will help you hit the ball first, which is the most important part of this shot.

From there I want you to dig our feet into the sand. This will allow you to get a feel for the sand and also restrict our lower body moving during the swing. Giving us a better foundation.

Finally, the last thing I want you to do is to put the ball position in the back of the stance.

Follow these tips when hitting a fairway bunker

  • Make sure you take one extra club
  • Grip down on the grip ever-so-slightly
  • Get the ball position a little bit more towards the back of your stance
  • Dig your feet and feel the sand
  • Ball first contact

About Matt Hibbs

Matt Hibbs, Director of Golf at On Top of the World Communities, LLC, has been with the company since 2009. Matt was born in Flint, Michigan, and relocated to Florida in 2005 when he joined the Walt Disney World Golf Team. He attended Ferris State University and graduated with a degree in Professional Golf Management. There, Matt worked his way through the ranks from a golf apprentice to a Class A Golf Professional and Manager within one year. In 2009, Matt left Disney to become the Head Golf Professional at Candler Hills Golf Club, and in 2012, his hard work paid off when he became the On Top of the World Director of Golf

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