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If you’ve ever watched the PGA Tour, you’ll have heard the long bunker shot described as the hardest shot in golf.

But, with the help of former PGA Tour winner Parker McLachlin, shortgamechef on Instagram, there’s an easy tip to make an otherwise brutal shot, slightly easier.

McLachlin, whose Instagram is full of handy short game tips, demonstrates, by ditching the sand wedge and reaching for a nine-iron instead.

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“Part of having a great short game,” McLachlin says, “Is choosing the right club.

“I’ve got this 40-yard bunker shot. Don’t always reach for that sand wedge. Here, I’m going to throw a nine-iron at you. Let’s go and see how this works.

“I’m going to keep that face open and I’m just going to hit a chunk-and-run, it shouldn’t be that difficult of a shot.”

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As you’ll see, Parker plays the shot like a standard greenside bunker shot, but thanks to the lack of loft, the ball comes out low and runs up the green.

“Chunk-and-run this nine-iron, it’s a game changer.”


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Lewis Fraser As bunkered’s Performance Editor, Lewis oversees the content that’s designed to make you a better player. From the latest gear to tuition, nutrition, strategy and more, he’s the man. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Lewis joined bunkered in 2021. Formerly a caddie at Castle Stuart Golf Links, he is a member of Bathgate Golf Club where he plays off four.

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