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How to Escape from Fairway Bunkers

Updated: Mar 28

With proper club selection, setup, and technique you will be able to get out of those dreaded fairway bunkers every time this season!


In this video I describe how to decide what type of shot to play and the process for determining proper club selection. I also cover the setup and technique that will allow you to get out of fairway bunkers and back to the short grass every time. A few things to keep in mind when setting up to play this shot from a fairway bunker are listed below.

  • Select the proper shot to play and club to use based on the situation

  • How high is the lip of the bunker?

  • How far do you think you can safely advance the ball?

  • Work your feet into the sand for a stable base

  • Use all upper body shoulder turn and arms while keeping your lower body quiet and your head still during the swing

The height of the lip dictates the shot you are going to be able to play. Sometimes we are forced to take our medicine and hit a green-side explosion shot out to the fairway with a wedge. You have to decide whether the risk of trying to advance the ball further with the less lofted club is going to be worth the reward.

"Mistakes are a part of the game. It's how well you recover from them, that's the mark of a great player." ~ Alice Cooper

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