How’d He Hit That: Tiger’s Slicing Fairway Bunker Shot

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 Tiger Woods’ crazy, slicing fairway bunker shot from last year’s WGC-Mexico Championship. 

First things first, we need to know how to hit a fairway bunker shot. While this shot should be relatively easy, the differing factors from a routine iron shot tend to mess with amateur golfers’ minds. Instead of trying to pick it perfectly, hit down on the ball as you normally would making ball-first contact. Be sure to take note of your stance; if you dig into the sand with your feet, make the requisite adjustment to your grip on the club in order to keep the consistency of the swing.

With confidence from the sand, you can begin to apply your normal shot-shaping techniques to the shot at hand. In this case, Tiger aimed about 50 yards left of his target and opened his clubface to the line where he wanted to start the shot. By swinging along his feet-line, he was able to impart left-t0-right spin that took off well left of his target and curved right with a lot of right sidespin on the ball.


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