Bunker Play

  • Get up and down from the Sand!

    22 February 2017

    In this video, PGA Professional Gareth Johnston shows you a simple drill that will help you raise the percentage of up and downs you have on the course from greenside bunkers. Gareth explains how to lift the trajectory of your bunker shots for more purchase on the greens - watch the video to find out how!...

  • How far behind the ball should I hit a bunker shot?

    Written by Alan White, chairman of the PGA in Scotland and head pro at Lanark Golf Club on 23 November 2015

    This two-step drill will fix your bunker shots for good Most golfers understand that when playing a short bunker shot, you normally want to hit the sand behind the ball. Unfortunately, many try to achieve this and help achieve loft by striking down into the sand very steeply. This steep angle of attack is doomed to fail.  You need the back edge...

  • Bunker play: Acceleration is the key

    03 November 2015

    Beat the ball   Fault: Your greenside bunker shots come out too low or stay in the sand. Fix: From a deep bunker or with little green to work with, a low flight simply will not get you down in two. Height is required – and for this, speed is the key. The correct set-up will allow you to attack from the perfect shallow...

  • Swing for success

    05 August 2015

    In this instruction video, TG coach Jonathan Wallett explains how to swing for success in the sand. He shows you how to adjust your swing for the sand.

  • Setting up for success

    05 August 2015

    In this instruction video, TG coach Jonathan Wallett explains how to set up for success in bunkers.

  • How to play that awkward bunker shot

    27 May 2015

    Your ball lands close to the rear of the bunker with not much room for a backswing. In this instruction video, TG Top 50 Coach Steve Astle shows you how to play that awkward bunker shot.

  • Basic bunker play

    27 May 2015

    In this instruction video, TG Top 50 Coach Steve Astle explains the basics when it comes to bunkers.

  • The easy way to play bunker shots

    Written by Michael Bannon on 07 May 2015

    Let Rory's coach show you a simple way to get out of the sand. Amateurs can get into a horrible mess in bunkers. I’ve seen club golfers try to heave so much sand out of a bunker it is as if they are shovelling the stuff on a building site! In fact, it is a simple shot to get right –...

  • Louis Oosthuizen's Bunker Clinic: The Flop Shot

    Written by Louis Oosthuizen on 18 December 2014

    Need help with your bunker play? The Pros are here to help. In this golf tips video, Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador Louis Oosthuizen demonstrates how to effectively execute the flop shot over a bunker. You need quite a bit of height on your ball to get it over and stop it quickly, so it all depends on the lie. Everything is a...

  • Danny Willett: Improve your swing in the sand

    Written by Danny Willett on 09 December 2014

    As with pitching, many of the themes I look to employ in my full swing – the feeling of the club moving in front of me, and strong upper-body movement over a stable base – also show up in bunker play. As a consequence, I spend a lot of my practice time in sand. For me, the most important thing...

  • Louis Oosthuizen's Bunker Clinic

    04 December 2014

    How many golfers struggle to get up and down from bunkers around the green? Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador Louis Oosthuizen gave an exclusive demonstration of how to play from different lies in the sand in this tuition video - follow the expert's advice and help your own game improve with Louis' top bunker tips. Whether you need help with uphill or...

  • Easy Greenside Bunker Shots

    28 October 2014

    If you find yourself hitting bunker shots without consistency, TG Teaching Pro Gareth Benson shows you a tip to easily get out of greenside bunkers. That idea to open the clubface might not be the right one, so take a look at the video to see what you should change instead.

  • Improve the takeaway plane

    09 August 2014

    Gareth Johnston shows how improving your takeaway plane will benefit your angle of attack and help you get a nice, neutral entry point in the bunker and allow you to splash the ball out of the sand onto the green. Take a look at the video to see the simple drill he uses with a cane training aid to help get...

  • Use the bounce and maintain the loft

    08 August 2014

    Maintaining the loft on the club can be difficult for many golfers trying to get out of the sand. In this video Gareth Johnston shares his bunker tips on how lowering the handle height makes it easier to maintain the loft through the shot to get the ball on the green, using the bounce angle and loft of the wedge’s face.

  • Entry point before the ball

    07 August 2014

    Many amateurs struggle to get the ball out of the sand consistently, and with this drill Gareth Johnston shows how you can get a bit more consistency with your entry point on bunker shots. Take a look at what aid he uses to help him get some more consistency.

  • Monty's Masterclass: Bunker shots

    25 July 2014

    Bunkers - the amateur's nightmare. Listen to Monty's advice on how to work those bunker shots. This video accompanies Monty's Masterclass, as featured in issue 325 of Today's Golfer. Monty says: If you find sand, don’t despair. I see the heads of amateurs I play with go down as soon as they see their ball in a bunker. But get it...

  • Create height and spin from the sand

    Written by Adrian Fryer on 13 May 2013

    In this video tip TG Elite Teaching Professional Adrian Fryer talks about hitting the high, soft landing bunker shot as part of our 25th Anniversary Best Ever Tips feature. He breaks this bunker tip into two three part sections, learning to use your right hand to keep the face open and sliding the club through the sand.  ...

  • Learn to hit a high, soft landing bunker shot

    Written by Chris Ryan on 10 January 2013

    In this video TG Elite Teaching Professional Chris Ryan teaches you how to hit a high and soft landing shot from the sand. This type of shot is especially useful when you're faced with either a steep bunker face or a hazard long of the flag. To achieve this shot you must first adjust your posture, standing slightly further from the ball. You...

  • Umbrella bunker drill

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 04 January 2013

    In this video TG Elite Teaching Professional Gareth Johnston shows you an easy drill to help improve your bunker play. He starts by drawing a simple umbrella in the sand that will give your clubface a tracking line for when you make your swing. This will help it round off and shallow out your swing plane for a cleaner contact for more consistent results.  This...

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