Short Game Tips

    How to Play a Sand Shot

    How to Play a Sand Shot

    Getting a ball out of a bunker might be the most challenging shot in golf for the medium to high handicapper. The variety of shots needed, the different situations presented by a ball in the sand and the methods of hitting each type of shot call for concentration and imagination. The club you use will depend on the situation -- a sand wedge, usually with 55 to 56 degrees of loft; a lob wedge, with 60 degrees of loft for shorter bunker shots; and a pitching wedge or club with 45 to 46 degrees of loft for longer bunker shots. Fairway bunker shots generally call for one more club than the distance would be from grass.

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