Video Tips

  • Improve the takeaway plane

    Saturday, 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

    Friday, 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

    Thursday, 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

    Friday, 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 Monday, 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 Thursday, 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 Friday, 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...

  • Improve your bunker play with a slow motion swing

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Wednesday, 14 November 2012

    In this TG video Elite Pro Gareth Johnston shows you how to get up-and-down from the sand with a very simple practise exercise. This practise drill is centred around making a slow motion swing, allowing you to feel the weight of the clubhead. This in turn means you can feel the bounce as the club slides under the ball, meaning you can...

  • Video Tips: Ian Poulter's Bunker Masterclass

    Written by Ian Poulter on Thursday, 01 November 2012

    Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter has a world class short game and in this video he shares his top bunker tips with TG columnist Andrew Cotter. The duo are at the Misson Hills Golf Club in China for the WGC Champions event and this video comes courtesy of the tournament's sponsors, HSBC.  ...

  • How to play the greenside splash shot

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Thursday, 27 September 2012

    Are you frustrated with your bunker play and want to get it sorted in time for your next medal? Then this brand new video tip from TG Pro Scott Cranfield will have all the answers you’re looking for. Video shot on location at the London Club, Kent...

  • Learn two shots for plugged bunker lies

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Thursday, 27 September 2012

    For many, the main goal from a plugged lie in a bunker is to just get the ball out and anywhere on the green! But if you’re desperate to save a par, you need to alter your technique so you’re able to get the ball close to the flag when it’s positioned close to you or far away. The shorter the...

  • Hit the green from fairway bunkers

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Thursday, 13 September 2012

    Amateurs often become unstuck in fairway bunkers because they change their technique too much, making it too similar to that required in a greenside trap. The goal doesn’t really change from a fairway bunker, you need to strike the ball first before whatever it’s resting on. There are some minor changes you can make to your set-up to encourage this, which TG...

  • Use this tee peg drill to get out of the sand

    Written by Kevin Flynn on Friday, 10 August 2012

    PlaneTruth Pro Kevin Flynn finds that many of his pupils struggle out of sand because their swing's low point is too far past the ball. So he has devised this tee-peg drill to teach you to get under the ball at the right time whenever you find yourself in a bunker.

  • How to use steep bunker faces to your advantage

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    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...

  • Escape this nightmare sand situation

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday, 26 July 2012

    Pot bunkers like the ones found at Royal Lytham & St Annes provide golfers with an extra element of difficulty should your ball find one. The high lips and severe depth make forming your usual stance a tricky prospect. The key is to create a stance however you can where you feel like you can build enough speed in the club...

  • How to spin your sand shots

    Written by Lee Scarbrow on Friday, 29 June 2012

    Remember that splash shots from sand are the only shots in golf where the ball doesn’t make contact with the clubface. Because the ball doesn’t contact the grooves, this makes it difficult to gain any backspin. A way you can increase the amount of backspin you apply to the ball is to release the right hand a little earlier, as TG...

  • Low rolling sand station

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Wednesday, 11 April 2012

    When the flag is far away from us in a greenside bunker, we need to create a splash shot whereby the ball releases on landing and comes out on a lower trajectory.   In this video tip from TG Elite Pro Adrian Fryer, he demonstrates a simple station you can build in the practice bunker with two tees to execute...

  • Create a practice station in sand for a high splash shot

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday, 30 March 2012

    When short-sided in a bunker, you need to conjure up a splash shot that launches high and grips on landing. To do this, you need a shallow angle of attack to reduce the amount of sand between the club and ball. In this video tip from TG Elite Pro Adrian Fryer, he demonstrates a simple station you can set up in...

  • Achieve a consistent entry point in bunkers

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Thursday, 15 December 2011

    The key to consistent bunker play is to have the club enter the sand at the same point, two inches behind the ball, correctly every time. TG Elite Pro Gareth Johnston explains in this golf video tip how a small adjustment to your set-up will help achieve this.

  • Controlling distance in sand

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Thursday, 15 December 2011

    Once you’ve perfected your strike in a bunker, controlling the distance becomes the easy part as TG Elite Pro Gareth Johnston explains in this golf video tip. A longer backswing naturally builds momentum in the clubhead, which will cause the ball to travel further. The three checkpoints highlighted in this video are a good starting point for any golfer that struggles...

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