Weigh Your Options In A Fairway Bunker

Chris O’Connell & Jim Hardy

Chris O’Connell & Jim Hardy

SwingU Master Faculty, Golf Magazine & Golf Digest Top 100 Teachers

Fairway bunker shots are difficult for a lot of people because it’s hard to contact the ball solidly out of the sand. Also many times you might have a lip in front of you and you have to get the ball up over that lip as well. 

You can play two different golf clubs out of fairway bunkers — either an iron or a hybrid. You want to take the lip out of play; you want to pick a club that’s not going to bring that lip into play even if you skull it because then it’s like a penalty shot.

If you leave it in the bunker, or hit way behind it with an iron, it’s basically a wasted shot. You’re trying to really advance the ball — not necessarily on the green, but up near the green. 

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