How’d He Hit That: Day’s Sweet 6-Iron From A Greenside Bunker

Josh Kelley

Josh Kelley

SwingU Instructor

Welcome to this week’s episode of How’d He Hit That? where every week we take a look at an unbelievable golf shot and help you to learn how you can use that shot in your game. This week we’re looking at Jason Day’s awesome 6-iron greenside bunker shot from this week’s “The Challenge: Japan Skins.”


Playing a one-club challenge on the par-5 14th hole at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Day opted to go with a 6-iron on the 608-yard hole, the highest lofted club of any of the competitors. 

When his third shot came up short of the green and in a bunker, Day was left to improvise and attempt to turn a club with a loft of around 31° into a sand wedge. 

A couple of the key adjustments Day put into play were an open clubface, a low handle and he choked down on the club with an exaggerated squatting stance that Day said felt like he was sitting on the sand. From there, Day was open to his target and cut across the ball using normal bunker technique to allow the sand to do the moving of the golf ball. 

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