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Control Is key to success In fairway sand. With Mike Sweeney

By Mike Sweeney  

Fairway bunkers don’t have to be intimidating. To recover from here, all you need to do is adjust your setup, make a balanced-and-smooth swing, and hit the ball before your club makes contact with the sand. Let me walk you through the process:

First, select a club one longer than you’d normally use from this distance, but make sure it can get the ball over the lip. Next, open the clubface to add loft to the shot and to help you avoid digging into the sand. Tension is a killer, too, so grip it lightly to free up your swing.

The ball should be centered in your stance and your hands and clubshaft in line with it. Oh, and don’t ground your club. It’s against the rules.


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