Fairway-bunker shots from 155 metres.
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