5 Keys to Escape the Bunker

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

Mr. Short Game comes to GolfersRX to teach you 5 keys to Escape the bunker.

You no longer have to fear hitting the golf ball into sand traps or bunkers. You no longer have to pack a shovel the next time you walk into a bunker.

5 Keys to Escape the Bunker

With these 5 keys, you’ll be getting out of the sandy trap with ease. Following these keys will give you more confidence to splash the ball out and save your par.

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



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  1. Joseph Horchak

    June 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Very helpful – no I practice!!


    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

  15. James Eckman

    March 18, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    I love your enthusiasm, more demonstrations should be like this.
    Thank You

  16. Dennis Bender

    March 18, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Do you do the same thing with hard sand?

  17. Bill Pazoles

    March 19, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    I’ll just echo many of the previous comments….please do a video when the sand is not fluffy, hardpan, wet and just plain lousy. Thanks!


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