Escaping From a Fairway Bunker
by Robert Linville, Director of Instruction

Sometimes you hit an errant tee shot that finds a fairway bunker. Here’s the process to help you play a good shot from the bunker. The first objective is to advance the ball toward the green, so we need to take a club with enough loft so that you can easily clear the lip of the bunker. If the lip doesn’t interfere with the shot, then the only concern is choosing the correct club for the correct distance. Here are the steps to help you play a fairway bunker shot.
  • Take 1 to 2 clubs more than normal
  • Choke down on the grip 1 inch if the lie is level….more if the ball is above your feet
  • Play the ball in the middle of your stance
  • Take a slightly wider stance than normal
  • Keep your head very still and your posture constant throughout the swing.
  • Take a 3/4 swing

This process will help you hit more consistent shots out of the fairway bunkers. The key is to make contact with the ball before you strike the sand. Go practice this process and you will find that this shot is not as intimidating as you thought.

For more information contact Robert Linville at or you can schedule a lesson by calling Precision Golf School at 336-510-4653.