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3 Options for the Downhill Bunker Shot - Trouble Shot Tuesday #88.

3 Options for the Downhill Bunker Shot – Trouble Shot Tuesday #88.

3 Options for the Downhill Bunker Shot – Trouble Shot Tuesday #88.

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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 bunker area where the face is lowest, like the area where the bunker raking machine would enter and exit.  You can then take your putter, 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 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” 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!

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Thanks for watching – 3 Options for the Downhill Bunker Shot – Trouble Shot Tuesday #88.

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