How to Hit Out of a Greenside Bunker

Hit­ting their ball into a bunker is the biggest fear of most ama­teurs. This is not the case for pro­fes­sion­al golfers. In fact, pros some­times pur­pose­ly hit their ball into a green­side bunker, pre­fer­ring the lie in the bunker over the lie they would get in the rough. Have you won­dered why bunkers are so feared by ama­teurs but not by pros? There are a few rea­sons, the first being that they are pro­fes­sion­als and have insane skills. The biggest rea­son, how­ev­er, is that they have prac­ticed hit­ting out of golf bunkers a count­less num­ber of times.

When is the last time you saw some­one at your local prac­tice facil­i­ty hit­ting balls out of the sand? The answer is prob­a­bly nev­er. When is the last time you prac­ticed hit­ting out of the sand? Golf bunkers are so fear­ful because, although you may know the prop­er tech­nique for hit­ting out of the sand, you rarely if ever prac­tice hit­ting out of the sand. Incor­po­rate time into your week­ly prac­tice ses­sions to work on hit­ting out of a green­side bunker. Not only will you save strokes on the course by bet­ter get­ting out of the sand, you will be less intim­i­dat­ed on your approach shots know­ing it’s not the end of the world if you end up in the green­side bunker.

The tech­nique for hit­ting out of a green­side bunker is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from your nor­mal swing. Check out this great video from Golf Mag­a­zine Top 100 Teacher Gale Peter­son as she explains the basics.

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