Video Tips

  • Approach Zone - High Fairway Bunker Shot

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday, 03 June 2010

    Sometimes, we have to accept that hitting the green with our second shot just isn’t a possibility. Fairway bunkers will often have a high lip at the front, forcing us to favour height and not distance. In this video tip, Approach Zone Instructor Adrian Fryer explains the club you need to choose and the technique you need to apply should you...

  • Master plugged lies

    Written by Nick Clemens on Thursday, 20 May 2010

    When your short iron approach shot finds the fairway trap on the fly, we shouldn’t be surprised if our ball buries itself in its pitchmark and plugs in the sand. But what you shouldn’t do is panic! With a few set-up and swing changes, you’ll be able to get your ball riding out on a cushion of sand and rolling out...

  • Bury left foot only fairway bunker tip

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Thursday, 15 April 2010

    When playing from fairway bunkers, it's important to try and sweep the ball from the sand and not hit down on the ball too much. When you do this, you risk taking too much sand before the ball, causing a dramatic loss of distance. In this golf video tip from TG Elite Teaching Pro Gareth Johnston, we show you how burying...

  • Splashboard Bunker Drill

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Thursday, 15 April 2010

    When faced with a greenside bunker shot, a lot of amateurs get over-anxious about getting the ball up and out of the sand. They then try and dig down in the sand to get the club underneath the ball, presenting the leading edge of the club. But as TG Elite Teaching Pro Gareth Johnston explains in this golf video tip, the...

  • Throw sand over shoulder bunker tip

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Thursday, 15 April 2010

    When faced with a tight pin from a greenside bunker, we need to get the ball up quickly. The only way we can do that is to keep the loft on the golf club for as long as possible during the swing. In this brand new golf video tip, TG Elite Teaching Pro Gareth Johnston gives you a great practice drill that will...

  • Acceleration Bunker Drill

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 09 April 2010

    The only way your ball will travel all the way to a distant flag when in a greenside bunker is if you accelerate through the ball. Thankfully, TG Elite Teaching Pro Gareth Johnston has a great drill using two lines in the sand and a feeling that you're hitting the sand to the flag that's going to help you achieve this. Give...

  • Cup the left wrist in greenside bunkers

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 09 April 2010

    When you find yourself in a greenside bunker, the key to consistent results is to find a good set-up position. A great checkpoint to achieve in your address is a cupping of the left wrist, which is the angle between the forearm and the back of the left hand. Master this tip, as explained in this golf video tip from TG...

  • High and soft bunker shot

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday, 19 March 2010

    Courses with deep greenside bunkers pose questions that we often aren’t prepared for. But as TG Elite Teaching Pro Adrian Fryer explains in this golf video tip, it’s important that when the pin is way above you and there isn’t much green to work with, we get the ball up high and quickly. Altering your set-up in three ways can help to...

  • 15 Minute Bunker Drill

    Written by Steven Orr on Monday, 07 December 2009

    Do you suffer from… • Inconsistent strike from sand • Poor bunker distance control Why does this happen? Inconsistency from sand usually stems from a poor set-up position. If your clubface is too square at address it will dig down into the sand at impact, not using the bounce of the club. Incorrect positioning of your weight will create either a too steep or too...

  • Mark a ball with lines to see the spin

    Written by Dan Frost on Sunday, 11 October 2009

    Every golfer wants to get more spin with their wedges. Whether it’s from a tight lie in the fairway, fluffy rough or soft sand, spin is the one thing we love to brag about to our playing partners. But it’s one thing wanting spin and another creating it. So as a visual golf drill, try drawing some radial lines on your...

  • Cane across shoulders drill

    Written by Dan Frost on Saturday, 10 October 2009

    The 30-yard bunker shot is one of the hardest shots in golf. The key to achieving the distance, which is the hardest aspect of the shot, is in the angle of attack. This angle is dictated by the shoulders, so use this cane drill to get the visual feedback you need to set the shoulders up correctly. When you have a...

  • Put a champagne glass on the club drill

    Written by Dan Frost on Saturday, 10 October 2009

    Are you fed up of hitting your bunker shots fat and leaving your ball in the bunker every time you find the greenside trap? Then this is the tip for you. Tape a champagne glass to the face of your sand wedge. This will help you visualise what the face of the club is doing during your golf swing. If you...

  • Lob And Stop From Sand With Rory McIlroy

    Written by Rory McIlroy on Tuesday, 08 September 2009

    Want to play fearless golf? Try perfecting this to impress your friends. With a tight pin and little green to work with, the high explosive bunker shot that stops within a foot of landing is just the job. I’ll be honest with you, this is not for the faint-hearted! A normal bunker shot and you’re looking to take the sand a...

  • Better Play From Fairway Bunkers

    Written by Nick Clemens on Tuesday, 25 August 2009

    How often do you find a fairway bunker with your tee shot and become automatically resigned to making a bogey or worse? Well with this video tip from TG Instructor Nick Clemens, you’ll give yourself far more chances at making par by being able to hit more greens from fairway bunkers. A lot of golfers fail to understand the subtle adjustments that...

  • Paul Broadhurst Demonstrates How To Play The Plugged Lie Bunker Shot

    Written by Paul Broadhurst on Friday, 24 July 2009

    Many of us love a good fried egg on a Sunday morning - but not if we're on the golf course and certainly not if we find ourselves in the sand. A plugged lie in a bunker is many golfers' worst nightmare. Playing out of a bunker isn't easy for many amateurs at the best of times so anything that makes...

  • Getting distance from a fairway bunker

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Friday, 26 June 2009

    Hitting the ball from a fairway bunker is a shot that fills many players with dread. If you mis-strike it you may not get the ball far enough out to give you a shot at the green or, worse still, you may leave the ball in the bunker. TG Top 12 Teaching Professional Scott Cranfield says your weight should favour the left side...

  • Better Bunker Play

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday, 12 June 2009

    Time and time again golfers leave the ball in the bunker and it's because of two fatal errors. Either they leave their weight on the back foot and don't get sufficient moment to get the ball travelling forward out of the bunker, or the club decelerates into the sand and they totally quit on the shot. TG Top 12 Teacher Adrian Fryer...

  • How To Play A Ball From The Bunker, Feet Outside

    Written by Dan Frost on Friday, 12 June 2009

    There's nothing worse than finding your ball right up against the edge of the bunker with nowhere for your feet inside. It looks like a horror shot but with a clever set-up you can still splash the shot out with success. All you need to do is exaggerate your knee flex to lower your body down towards the sand. Do so and...

  • Greenside Bunker Success

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday, 11 June 2009

    Your success out of greenside bunkers is dependent on whether you get your set-up correct and commit to the stroke. TG Top 12 Teacher Adrian Fryer runs you through the set-up fundamentals you should use in a greenside bunker and demonstrates the committed stroke you need to make to lift the ball up and out onto the green. The quality of your set-up...

  • How To Play Bunker Shots From Compact Sand

    Written by Lee Scarbrow on Monday, 18 May 2009

    Sometimes when you arrive at the bunker you're not greeted with the ball sat on a beautiful fluffy lie, but instead it's resting on a hard base of compact sand. It's easy to thin the ball over the green from this tricky lie, but with a couple of small adjustments to your set-up and technique it can be overcome. TG Top 12...

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