Splash Your Way out of the Bunker:

One of the most dreaded hazards among golfers is the greenside bunker. With the following helpful hints and a little bit of practice, you'll soon see this shot as an opportunity instead of a liability.

  • After you have discovered your shot is in the bunker - don't get down. Think about how you might get it close - or even hole it. Remember, golf is largely a mental game.

  • When you step into the bunker, make sure that you "feel" the sand with your feet. Is it hard or compacted? Is it fluffy and soft? This will help you gauge how shallow or deep you'll need to make your golf swing into the bunker.

  • Choose the right tool. A sand wedge or lob wedge is crucial to hitting a successful bunker shot.

  • Unlike for a normal golf shot, where you want to set up square to your target line, you'll want to set-up with your body open and clubface open. This will help you create a more upright swing, critical for this shot.

  • The key to hitting a successful bunker shot is hitting behind the ball. Focus on a spot about 3 inches behind the ball; this is where you'll want to enter the sand.

  • Place the ball in the middle of your stance - and swing away.

Make sure that you keep the club head moving through the sand and follow-through.