WNY PGA Tip: Playing out of a fairway bunker

Western NY PGA Tips

Playing a shot out of a fairway bunker is a different than hitting out of the greenside bunker.

In a fairway bunker you’re trying to hit the ball first whereas, in a greenside bunker you’re trying to hit the sand first.

“The reason why we hit the ball first is you’ve got to hit it a pretty far distance,” says PGA Pro at Brook-Lea Country Club, Jon Hoecker. 

Hoecker suggest two adjustments to help make sure you hit the ball first and then the sand.

“Grip down about a half an inch to shorten the club. That way it doesn’t extend into the sand and allows you to error towards hitting it thin verse fat,” added Hoecker. “Catching it fat is sort of the crime out of the fairway bunk. Gripping down will ensure can catch the ball, then the sand.”

The other tip is to move the ball into the center of your stance.

“You don’t wanna be swinging really hard out of a fairway bunker because in sand you can lose your balance. I tell people you’re going to grip down on it take an extra club. If you hit a 7-iron from a 150 yards I may have you hit a 6-iron,” said Hoecker

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