The dreaded long bunker shot.
How to play it?
Swing hard and risk skulling it?
Try a lower lofted club and risk chunking it?
How about asking probably one of the most clutch bunker players of all time to show us?
Roger Cleveland: I’m Roger Cleveland with legend Tom Watson, and we have a question from Aaron from the Callaway community. Tom? His question is a long bunker shot, and that is …
Tom Watson: To that flag over there?
Roger Cleveland: To that flag over there.
Tom Watson: That’s a long bunker shot.
Roger Cleveland: Yes it is.
Tom Watson: Well, the first thing, make it easy. Aaron, make it easy. Take your sand wedge, go put it in your bag. Take out a less lofted sand wedge if you’ve got a 52, say a gap wedge, which still has some bounce. It’s still very utilitarian in a bunker, and use that.
he other thing that I do, I take a normal stance here, but for a normal bunker shot I’m a little bit open like this. The face is slightly open, but the key, when I go through this, is that when I’m going through this, I make sure that my hands rotate a little faster going through, which takes the loft off the club face, making the ball come out flatter, lower, and roll farther, something like this.
Roger Cleveland: Beautiful. Not a lot of effort.
Tom Watson: Very little effort to it really.
Roger Cleveland: Aaron, that’s the answer to the question. Less loft, less effort, great results. Get up and down from anywhere.
Video courtesy Callaway Golf “Wedgeducation”