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40 Yard Bunker Shot

The 30-40 yard bunker shot is arguably the toughest shot in golf. Most of us know this shot from experience and its potential to lead to a “blow-up” hole.

You know, that big number on your scorecard that can ruin a good round. Mr. Short Game has a strategy that might help the next time your standing over this tricky shot. It’s not a magic formula, but will help minimize the damage.

Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below.

10 Responses to 40 Yard Bunker Shot

  1. Bob Kapp May 24, 2020 at 7:44 am #

    Great tip, Mr. SG. This has always been a tough shot for me.

  2. Lynette L. Shelton May 24, 2020 at 5:03 pm #

    Great illustration for a great tip!

  3. Todd May 24, 2020 at 7:33 pm #

    Nice tip, but I wish you would have had more coffee before you filmed this 🙂

  4. Richard Weed June 17, 2020 at 7:09 am #

    “Open the face” is the most useless advice in golf and I have heard it so many times I want to puke. Why can’t any of the instructors say HOW FAR? “Open the face about 30 degrees” or “open the face 45 degrees”. We can’t see how far you are opening it. It is arguably the most important part of any lesson about bunker play and yet I have never heard any instructor say how far to open it.

    • Louis Rain September 21, 2020 at 9:00 am #

      Hi Richard
      I have been to Dave Pelz school many times and the first thing they teach is to open the face of the club ” so the grooves on the blade point to your left toe”
      Hope this helps

  5. Garry Van Iderstine July 18, 2020 at 9:52 am #

    Nice job Mr. SG…….all very good advice as this shot is….without a good plan and technique, will lead to a big number. Thanks for the advice!

  6. Lloyd Davis August 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm #

    Other than green side bunkers, bunkers are the worst situation for me. And I have an otherwise very good short game. I’m very comfortable opening the face and hitting a high lob, so I can’t wait to try opening up a 9-iron (or so) the next time I find myself in this situation. I love Golfers RX for easy to understand tips.

  7. Roy Fisher August 25, 2020 at 8:17 am #

    Have a lot of these bunkers at my club and always uncertain of what I want to do. Like this. Gonna give it a try.

  8. Craig September 21, 2020 at 8:16 am #

    Excellent tip — entertainingly presented — thanks Mr. Short Game!

  9. Vijay Aher October 29, 2020 at 9:53 am #

    Great tip and presentation. I wish you would do a tip presentation on how to hit a shot from 5-10 feet in second cut grass off the green with different pin positions. Greatly appreciated.

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