TOUR TIP: FAIRWAY BUNKER BASICS
You will never get stuck in a fairway bunker again if you follow these three simple steps.
Consistency in your ball striking from a fairway bunker starts with proper club selection and set-up.
It is important to set up with stability, because sand is an unstable environment.
Select the club that has the proper loft for the ball to clear the face of the bunker.
Your key set-up essentials include the following: 1. Ball position is just ahead of centre; 2. Take your stance with the insides of your feet lower than the outsides and your heels slightly lower than your toes. Imagine you have a wedge of wood chocked under your feet from the outside; 3. Hover the club slightly above the ball with your weight being slightly on your heels and your posture feeling tall. From this ideal starting position, you are now ready to swing and get the ball out of the sand. Remember, the shot is just like one from the fairway and there should be a divot, or in this case, a small splash of sand after you hit the ball just like Adam Scott has done here.