5 Keys to Escape the Bunkers

Mr. Short Game comes to GolfersRX to teach you how to escape the bunker with 5 easy to implement keys.

You no longer have to fear hitting into bunkers. You no longer have to pack a shovel the next time you walk into a bunker. With these 5 keys you’ll be getting out of the sandy trap with ease. Following these keys is going to give you more confidence to splash the ball out and save your par.

1) Wide stance
2) Weight on forward leg
3) Open clubface
4) Hands in center of stance
5) Pull your hands into your left pocket

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15 Responses to 5 Keys to Escape the Bunkers

  1. Joseph Horchak June 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm #

    Very helpful – no I practice!!

  2. JAMES W KIRK June 24, 2019 at 5:28 pm #

    Great lesson, short to the point .Love the left pocket tip.

  3. Craig Cline June 25, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

    Thanks Mr. Short Game — fine tip!

  4. Mitch June 25, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

    So, do you open your stance to the line you want the ball to travel? Or do you have a square stance?

  5. David Kimmel June 25, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

    The wet/heavy sand doesn’t work very well with the wide open face unless you can consistently pick the ball. In that case I only open it slightly like he showed not to do in soft sand. In good sand like shown this technique works every time, just remember to accelerate through the shot, speed is your friend in the bunker.

  6. Ron Mullard June 26, 2019 at 1:24 am #

    Hi Matt that’s all well and fine for that nice sand,but what we have in UK is heavy sand sometimes wet and sometimes compacted and like hardpan where the club just bounces off surface like off tarmac.regards Ron

  7. Raymond CHASTEL June 26, 2019 at 2:46 am #

    Matt ,Excellenrtdemonstration for powdery sand :but what do you do when the sand is wet and packed ,the sole of the open clubface will bounce off the wet sand ! Also is your swing U shaped or V shaped (I undestand it’s U shaped ,wide and low without lifting the clubface too high )
    In my opinion,your stance is too wide ,you can acheive the same shot with a normal stance .

  8. Mike Clark June 28, 2019 at 5:33 am #

    Mr. Shortgame,
    When you say open the face do you mean that you keep your normal grip and roll the face open or do you open the face and then regrip in that position?

  9. Steve Presti July 1, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    Mr. Short game. I tried this and it helped a lot. What about hard bunkers with little sand? I have a hard time getting out with an open face. Will a more closed face help?

  10. James Bratten July 19, 2019 at 5:03 pm #

    Mr. Short game. How far are you hitting behind the ball? Also want to hear your modification for hard

    pack sand bunkers?

  11. Mick Piper August 8, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

    What about bunkers that have solid, harder sand? Can’t open that face too much or it will bounce into the ball. Would love to see you address this possibility………..

    • Dale Rhodes August 9, 2019 at 11:33 am #

      me too

  12. Las Vegas Duffer August 9, 2019 at 2:43 am #

    Matt, recently discovered you on Utube and I realy like the mechanics you deliver in your presentations. Understanding the mechanics has improve my game a lot and made it more exciting. Glad you are on GolferesRx. Looking forward to more of your tips and lessons because you are very good at doing this.

  13. Dale Rhodes August 9, 2019 at 11:32 am #

    I live in Wisconsin and most of our sand traps are moist and hard. Would you recommend the same technique?

  14. don embleton February 20, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

    great tip, cant wait to try it

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