Escape Crappy Bunkers

In this video we'll show you the simplest way to escape a bunker that may not have seen a rake in a while...or any kind of maintenance.

We don’t all play pristine golf courses that have perfectly manicured bunkers. And less than ideal bunkers are not the easiest to navigate, what with their rocks, grass, hardpan, wet, compact sand.

In this video we’ll show you the simplest way to escape a bunker that hasn’t been raked in awhile. You’re not going to hit every bunker shot within tap-in distance but we’ll show you a technique to circumvent the less than ideal conditions allowing you to move on to the next tee box without injuring yourself or your playing partners.

There is nothing fancy or complex in escaping a green side bunker with hardpan; we break it all down into simple to follow steps that any golfer can implement into their game.


  1. John Veray

    November 4, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Like your realistic approach!

  2. Lee F Crafford

    December 26, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Been wanting to see a vid like this for YEARS. Thanks!!

  3. Thomas R. Brokl

    December 26, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Thank you! I have done the bounce into the center of the ball for the LAST TIME!

  4. Harvey Lang

    January 13, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    This is all well and good, but what are you supposed to do in a hardpan greenside bunker with a VERY high lip. I can’t seem to get my club under the ball to elevate it onto the green.

  5. Joe Perez

    April 24, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    The most interesting thing I find about this method id the lack of any wrist hinge. I’m going to try this, but I noticed that the “crappy” bunker still had a fair amount of sand in it. In hardpan bunkers I’ve always used a LOW bounce lob wedge, square face, and hinged the club straight up and down, with more of a “V” shaped swing, trying to deliver the club behind the ball as close as possible without making contact, with the club ricocheting off the ground.

    • Ron Mullard

      April 24, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Joe I posted the question for this….Like you say about hardpan bunkers we have a lot like that due to our weather and having to use heavy sand.I find a good way to get out of these is like you mention break the wrists early then drop the club head as close to the back of the ball as you can.will give decent result.

    • Quite The Chap

      April 28, 2020 at 11:42 am

      The problem I find with the wrist hinge in a situation like this is that you’re relying 100% on your hand-eye coordination. If you’re off by 1/4 inch (either way) you’re ball is gone.

      • Ron Mullard

        May 2, 2020 at 5:38 am

        Surely that’s the same with any shot …though,none of us are totally precise on every shot….I follow your tips and like the humour you inject…..keep them coming.

  6. Andre Gelinas

    April 24, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Colby …. pretty good instruction and SIMPLE! Keep doing the nice work!

    • Quite The Chap

      April 28, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Thanks Andre!

  7. Jerry Fregien

    June 3, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Our local golf course was famous for having almost no sand in their bunkers. They finally added sand, but added three inches of the stuff. Nobody seems to know how to go about getting out of this stuff. Can you give us some clues?

  8. Dale J Rhodes

    June 3, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Very well explained. Thank you! NOW! How about ball is either on the upslope or downslope of a sand bunker????

  9. Mark

    February 19, 2022 at 10:48 am

    or putt

  10. Mike Malos

    May 30, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    I really enjoy your videos but that bunker was raked and not hardpan. That would be a good bunker at most places.


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