Fairway bunkers

by Scott Sackett, golf instructor

One of the most common mistakes with this shot is taking too much sand or, worse than that, not clearing the lip in front of you. Like any other shot in golf, to play this shot successfully there are some things that need to take place at address.

Always take one extra club (ie.: a 5-iron vs. a 6-iron). Make sure that the club you’ve chosen will clear the lip of the bunker.
Spread your feet slightly wider to keep the lower body action more quiet.

Choke down on the club to make sure you hit the ball first and not the sand.

Grip pressure slightly more firm at address, around a six or so on a scale of 1-to-10. If you happen to hit slightly behind the ball, the firm grip will keep the club moving through the sand.