Why’d I Do That?
You thin one square into the bunker lip
here you are in a fairway bunker, 150 out. No big deal, right? Nice little 5-iron. But you catch it thin, and the ball crashes into the lip
Tand rolls back down to your feet.
There are two things to remember before trying this shot: (1) Take more loft. If the distance calls for a 5-iron but there’s a lip to get over, you probably need a 7 or an 8. It’s better to get out and be short of the green than to risk the ball coming back at you. (2) Stay grounded. Great fairwaybunker players have a stable lower body throughout the shot and a slight forward lean of the shaft at impact. That provides a downward strike for solid contact. Players who have a lot of body action struggle to catch the ball flush.They often look “leggy,” with overactive hips and knees.
Practise the Line Drill in a fairway bunker. Draw a 10-foot line in the sand perpendicular to your stance. Place several balls on the line, and set up so your sternum is slightly ahead of it. Make three practice swings getting your divot to start at the line and go forward. (A divot before the line would be a fat shot; way past the line, a thin shot.) Then hit three balls in a row. Shift and rotate left before you accelerate the club through the sand.