Bunker Shots: How Much Sand?

How to Hit a Golf Ball Out of the Sand
Golf Bunker Shots – Part 2

So, once you’re comfortable with setting up correctly for golf bunker play, let’s look at getting a good, consistent strike in the sand…

Most golfers appreciate that they need to strike the sand before the golf ball. But I think a fear of hitting the ball thin and seeing it shoot off over the other side of the green, causes them to consistently take too much sand.

Combine that with the classic mistake of decelerating through the ball and more often than not the golf ball stays in the bunker – as you’ll see from the video below:




Bunker Play Video Summary

  • Aim to see the ball strike the sand 2 inches behind the ball for bunker shotsAim to strike the sand 2 inches behind the ball.

  • Aim behind the ball for bunker shots, not at the ballPick a spot in the sand behind the ball (rather than the golf ball itself) and focus on this point of impact during your swing.

  • For bunker shots, the club should travel 1 or 2 inches below the ball, enter the sand 2 inches behind the ball and create a divot 6 inches long in totalA good sized divot in the sand is about 6 inches in length (2 inches before the ball and 4 inches after) and an inch or two deep. Any more sand than this and it becomes very difficult to get the ball out of the bunker without making a very aggressive swing.