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Hi Lee, I have an issue getting out of bunkers. I almost always find that I skinny the shot to the other side of the green or it doesn’t carry the lip and I find myself still in the bunker. Any suggestions on how to get the ball airborne so my next shot is a putt for par?


Paul, Melbourne.


Hi Paul,

Great question! I’ve got a really easy way to get you back on the green next time you find yourself with one of those knee-trembling bunker shots.

I always encourage my students to get the sand onto the green. If you do that, the ball should follow. You’ll need to have a stable base with your feet about shoulder-width apart and position your ball 2 inches inside your lead foot/heel. This will ensure you’re balanced when playing the shot. Hit the sand 1 inch behind the ball and keep following through with a full swing. This will get the sand onto the green and the ball in the air so it lands soft, ready for you to make that par putt.

Good luck! Let me know how you get on.

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About Lee Hunt

Lee Hunt is Head Professional at Bankstown Golf Club and the NSW board member for On Course Golf. Lee discovered his passion for the game at age 11 and later played for two years with a full tour card on the Australian Tour. He’s been a golf pro for 17 years and relished the transition from tour player to coach. Lee is passionate about coaching and club fitting and enjoys being able to make a real difference to people’s games – no matter their age or how long they’ve been playing. He’s been described as one of the top 50 club fitters in the country and when he’s not coaching, fitting or out on the course, he spends time with his wife and two children or following his favourite Rugby League team, the Brisbane Broncos.


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