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The Fifty Yard bunker shot

The Fifty Yard bunker shot

The Fifty Yard bunker shot

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2 and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools.  Any type of golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

Monthly Golf Tips by the Mel Sole Golf School.

This month’s golf tip comes via Larry Wintz who says that since he attended the golf school his short bunker shots have really improved. However, the longer bunker shots are still giving him trouble as he either hits them fat or sculls them over the green.  Larry here is a solution to your situation.

The Problem.

The main problem with a long bunker shot is that most golfers are not sure whether to pitch or blast this shot. In picture #1 I have about a 50 yard bunker shot with a fairly good lie in soft sand. I could pitch it by taking my 60 degree wedge and hitting a perfect 9 o’clock shot (see my tip on pitching), or I could take my sand wedge and try to hit a very hard blast shot hoping the ball will carry all the way to the green.

The Fifty Yard bunker shot


The Technique.

On this occasion, I prefer to play a blast shot because the sand is soft and I could hit a pitch shot a little fat. By taking a 9 iron instead of a sand wedge I don’t have to swing as hard to carry the ball all the way.

The Fifty Yard bunker shot


Take your normal stance as if you were going to play a regular sand shot but select your 9 iron.

The Fifty Yard bunker shot


Swing back as far as you would for a 30 to 40-yard pitch shot.


And make sure that after impact, you follow through all the way through to a full finish. As you can see in picture #4, my hands have finished above my head.

This shot needs a little practice at first.  You need to build trust in knowing what the ball will do.  Particularly if you’ve always hit only your sand wedge for bunker shots. What you will discover is that you do not have to swing as hard to get a great result. Try this next time you have that dreaded long bunker shot, I’m sure you will be pleased with the result!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

Thanks for reading The Fifty Yard bunker shot  Hope you try this on the range before trying it on the course.

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