Bunker Technique – Shallow not Steep

Mr. Short game has a new approach to get your bunker game back in shape. <br />

Mr. Short Game has a new Bunker Technique – Shallow not Steep to get your bunker game back in shape.

Conventional teaching generally has you take an open stance with an open club face and swing along the target line. This typically results in a steep attack angle, which doesn’t always work well in soft sand.

Bunker Technique – Shallow not Steep

Instead of a steep attack angle, why not use a shallow attack angle. To ingrain this new feeling, we’ll first practice the wrong technique to get the right result.



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  1. Frank Halstead

    October 3, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I’ll try this but it sounds like a shank in the making


    October 3, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Assuming neutral grip …

    Ball position with changed stance:
    – closed / 100 balls
    – square / thereafter

    Required stance/ swing changes due to sand:
    – firm
    – soft

  3. Joe Rodriguez

    October 3, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Does a Great Job, Explains it so the average golfer can understand,

  4. Bob Kapp

    October 3, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Bunker shots are the toughest part of my game. Great tip. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks Matt.

  5. Chuck Urwin

    October 3, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    You are always giving us good tips we can understand! Will give it a go!

  6. Stacey

    October 3, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Just curious what loft you are using in the bunker?

  7. Ed

    October 3, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Unclear about ball position……forward (off the left foot) or in the middle of your stance?

  8. Ken Brickell

    October 3, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Matt-I have had reasonable results this year out of greenside bunkers UNLESS it is a longer shot to other side of large green.should these suggestions in the video help that?Also,does the sand consistency merit consideration?

  9. Steve Presti

    November 15, 2020 at 6:45 am

    With my old steep angle of attack I was barely getting out of bunkers leaving 30 footers. Mr. Short Game”s shallow technique has significantly improved my bunker game. More rollout gets me closer to the hole. For longer shots I can even club down to a 50 degree and get it out. (would never use a 50 degree before with old swing) Love Mr. Shorts Game’s energy as well as his humor.

    My friends are starting to call me Mr. Short Game…now if the MSG Hats could be back in stock. Can’t find them anywhere.

  10. Jonathan

    November 16, 2020 at 7:12 am

    That’s the technique taught for years by former England golf coach Gary Smith. Calls it the Linear system. Very effective too

  11. BA

    November 16, 2020 at 7:52 am

    ok I see what you are doing. Any thoughts about bunkers with ‘thin sand’. When I hit these I have real issues with the club bouncing off the sand and then into the ball. Very dangerous for others around the green. Thanks

  12. Don Loughney

    August 29, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    Solid info except he kept saying to swing on target line when he meant body line. Target line is line from ball to target. Otherwise, great info to fixing a steep bunker swing.


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