Regardless of the time of year one of the most demanding shots for all standards of players is the long green side bunker shot of 50 yards or more.
Frequently this is partly due to the number of theories on how to play it, ranging from picking the ball clean, swinging harder and hitting down on the ball or nipping just a small amount of sand.
Like all shots if there is a lack of commitment or confusion with what you’re trying to do, the chances of success are significantly reduced.
Rather than using your Sand or Lob Wedge, try taking a longer club like a 7-iron, and simply play it like a normal green side bunker shot.
•As you’re using a longer club with a straighter face grip down the shaft and open the clubface
•Lean the shaft back so your hands are behind the ball – this will counteract the fact there is no bounce on a 7-iron, unlike your wedges
•Settle into a wide stable stance
•Make sure you cock the wrists on the backswing
•Aim to hit an inch to two inches behind the ball
•The stronger loft takes care of the distance and impact doesn’t have to be perfect
•Sand wedges are much heavier than a 7-iron, so it will feel strange at first
•Practice with different clubs like 8- or 9-irons to see the effects on distances.