Use an 8-iron for longer bunker shots

Rory Mcilroy Long Bunker Shot

Make simple changes to reap the benefits from the sand this season.

The 30 to 40-yard bunker shot is often referred to as the hardest shot in golf and one which often strikes fear into the average player. 

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Trying to swing harder with a sand wedge leaves no margin for error and you will often see amateurs thinning it over the green or hitting it fat and the ball only going a fraction of the required distance.

But instead of reaching for your sand wedge, take your 8-iron instead. Trust me, you'll see major improvements.

Set up as you would for a normal bunker shot with the ball slightly forward, weight favouring the front foot with the face open. 

Now, stand a little further away with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width and lower your hands. This promotes a shallower U-shaped swing and adds loft to the club, giving you more margin for error.

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• Try the 'Flamingo Drill'

Make your normal swing, keeping good rhythm, and release the club through impact. The ball will fly further and roll out more. These changes in set-up and the longer club will give you more success out of the sand.

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