How to use steep bunker faces to your advantage

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Many of the top pros saw their dreams of winning the 2012 Open dashed by the infamous Royal Lytham and St. Annes pot bunkers; but our Elite Pro, Adrian Fryer, has come up with a cunning way to save your par, or even help you make a birdie.

When you find your ball up against a riveted, steep face, you are normally left with only one option: to play out sideways. But this risky ploy could save you shots and amaze your friends.

First you must set up with wide stance, with the ball nearer the back. From here you can get your hands forward, prompting a closed but square face. This set-up is similar to a punch shot, normally the opposite technique used to escape sand, but that is what you are after. 

By smashing down into the sand with a punch action, you can drive your ball into the face of the bunker, which will deflect it 90 degrees and miraculously towards the flag.