How to Escape Fairway Bunkers

Hitting into a fairway bunker shouldn’t make you shutter with fear because escaping a fairway bunker is actually pretty simple.

If you want to escape a fairway bunker there are only a few things to keep in mind. The biggest and most important thing that you should keep at the front of your mind is “contact with the ball before the sand”. Super important. Without that one fundamental you may feel like you’re in jail every time you hit into a fairway bunker.

Now in order to make contact with the ball before the sand you need to run through a quick checklist. Ball in middle of stance. Ground yourself. Keep your head level. And your feet quiet. Done. Swing away.

Lastly, you’re going to want to figure out if you’re going for the green or laying up in the fairway. This is a personal preference but a very important one nonetheless. Play smart.

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20 Responses to How to Escape Fairway Bunkers

  1. Brigid Moreton July 25, 2019 at 9:59 am #

    Love all your tips, Colby! Keep it up!

  2. Bill Houseman July 25, 2019 at 11:20 am #


  3. Walter July 25, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

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    • Quite The Chap July 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

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    • Don October 9, 2019 at 5:37 am #

      Great comments and thank you always for your tips…keep it simple !!

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  5. Alan July 25, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

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  6. Dan Fisher July 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

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  7. Barry Reeve July 25, 2019 at 10:19 pm #

    I am confused here,. I have always been instructed to hit the sand just before the ball in a bunker, ?is this new, ? Or have I got it wrong,? I think I will play the video again just to be sure.. I always look at your videos, and think you are great , I will play it again .๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘

    • SETH R LARMER August 1, 2019 at 3:33 am #


      What is described in the video is escaping from a fairway bunker where you need to hit the ball first. Seems what you’re referencing is a greenside bunker where you hit the sand a couple of inches behind (before) the ball. Hope this helps.

  8. tommy July 26, 2019 at 3:53 am #

    always helpful tips .

  9. D. Michael Cross July 26, 2019 at 9:43 am #

    Love your input! We play early morning T times. How do you escape from WET sand, we always have this problem. Please don’t say “stay out of he sand” LOL. All help greatly appreciated.

  10. Bill Jackson July 26, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

    Good Tip. Thanks.

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  13. Bill August 16, 2019 at 4:54 am #

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  14. Ernest Modestino October 8, 2019 at 4:54 am #

    Good tip.

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