3 Options for the Downhill Bunker Shot!

3 Options for the Downhill Bunker Shot!

Today is May 15th, 2018 and we present 3 Options for the Downhill Bunker Shot! Trouble SHot Tuesday #88.  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

3 Options for the Downhill Bunker Shot!

The downhill bunker shot has always been considered one of the more difficult shots to play in golf.  However, with the correct technique, some practice and a little bit of good course management, you can escape from this situation relatively unscathed.

The First Option.  

Look for the area of the bunker where the face is lowest, like the area where the bunker raking machine would enter and exit.  Then you can take your putter and hit the ball along the ground and ramp the ball out of the bunker.  This is a good option for high handicap golfers who are not good bunker players.  You can then play a chip or pitch shot onto the green.

The Second Option.

If you are a fairly decent bunker player and feel you can get the ball onto the putting surface most of the time, then just bump the ball with your club into the bottom of the bunker where you have a level lie.  Go ahead and play the ball onto the green.

The Third Option.

I call this the “Tomahawk Shot” because the backswing is like swinging an ax. Place your trail foot outside the bunker, swing the club back in an almost vertical manner, and when you come down through impact, pull the club severely across the ball hitting a big cut shot.  The lead arm will “chicken wing” in order to keep the clubface open through impact.  This will produce a high soft landing shot.  I would only play this shot in a Match Play situation where my opponent was close to the hole and I had to get the ball up and down!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School

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