TOUR TECH­NIQUE

Fair­way-bunker shots from 155 me­tres.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Tony Finau

The fair­way bunker shot I’m play­ing here took place on the South Course at Tor­rey Pines in the third round of the Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open in Fe­bru­ary. I re­mem­ber it well be­cause the view is so beau­ti­ful – and it turned out great with the ball end­ing up on the green, about 20 feet be­low the hole.This shot, on the par-4 fourth, is longer than it looks – a full 155 me­tres – but it’s eas­ier to play than you might think.You can see I have a good lie, the lip isn’t too high, and the sand is nice and firm. I played it al­most like a nor­mal shot from the fair­way, but with a cou­ple of ad­just­ments.When you have a shot like this, here’s what to do:

First, take at least one club more. I’m us­ing a 7-iron in­stead of the 8-iron I’d go with on grass. I’m mak­ing a shorter, more con­trolled swing than usual, and with my feet shifted into the sand, I be­come ef­fec­tively shorter than my 6-foot-4 height.You prob­a­bly need more than a 7-iron for a 155-me­tre sand shot, but that’s okay.The prin­ci­ples are the

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