‘Use a PW with your normal technique for mid-range bunker shots’
It’s a well-known fact that the 40-yard bunker shot is one of the most difficult in the game. Not even the top professionals look forward to that length of shot from the sand! The reason it’s so tough is because creating the right contact and judging the distance the ball will fly and release is one of the hardest aspects of golf, especially when it’s longer than your standard greenside bunker splash shot. In fact, getting down in three shots from a position like this is never bad effort even for a tour pro.
Normal bunker technique Open the clubface a little, align your body just left of target and put the ball just forward of centre. A normal swing and contact two or three inches before the ball will send the ball about 40 yards. Trajectory control This smaller image shows exactly the same swing and contact point in the sand – but with a sand wedge. The ball has launched higher, will spin more and stop more quickly. That’s why this longer shot requires a club with under 50° loft. Reduce the loft A lot of amateurs automatically reach for a SW and try to hit the ball further by swinging harder or clipping it off the sand, which is very difficult to do. Simply switch to a less-lofted PW to get more carry distance and release.