How to play from Fairway Bunkers Pt4

This is the final part in my mini-series on bunker play and this time I am talking about the fairway bunker shot.

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The priority is to make sure you choose a club with enough loft to clear the lip of the bunker. This may mean selecting a club that will not reach the green but it is far better to do that and be playing your next shot from the fairway than being faced with yet another shot from the same bunker.

However, if the lip is very shallow, then you may even be able to get a 3 wood at it. My advice is to experiment in practice and learn which club should be used depending upon how steep the bunker face is.

Take your set up as if you were playing a normal shot from the grass. The only change I make is to grip the club tighter than normal, which will help me make a cleaner contact with the sand. You are looking to pick the ball from the top of the sand by only taking a very shallow divot.

Make sure you commit to following all the way through, as you would do on a normal shot. You have to resist the temptation to lean back to try to help the ball out of the bunker. Remember, the club is lofted and providing you have chosen a club with sufficient loft it will do the work for you.

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