Club golfers often struggle in fairway bunkers because they mess around with their technique too much and make it too similar to that needed to escape a greenside trap, therefore not generating the distance required.
Escaping from the fairway bunker still has the same objective as doing so from the edge of the green, in that you want to get out safely, but you need to strike the ball first before the sand.
Getting a clean strike of the ball is the most important thing when playing out of the fairway bunker, follow these simple fundamentals to help you do that.
Grip: Come down the grip half an inch and grip slightly firmer than usual, this will help you to shorten the arc of your swing and promote a clean strike
Stance: Shift your weight slightly to favour the left side and feel slightly more pressure under your left foot – this will bring the club down with the shaft at the correct angle for a cleaner strike
Swing: Only use a three-quarter swing to promote stability. If you wind up for a full swing, chances are you’ll fail to catch the ball cleanly
One important point to remember is that you will be far more unstable standing on the sand than if you were on the fairway, so you will not be able to generate the same clubhead speed. Therefore, take an extra one or two clubs, ensuring you can get the ball over the lip of the bunker.
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