How To Set Up To Fairway Bunker Shots

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

10 Responses to “How To Set Up To Fairway Bunker Shots”

  1. Hi Paul,

    I’ve tried this video many times over the last few months:
    “How To Set Up To Fairway Bunker Shots” and it stops at 6:43 (min/seconds)

    Can someone look at it and fix it?

    • Robert,

      This has now been re-edited. I checked it at that mark and it did not freeze. Please try it again.

  2. Paul,

    You website is THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve improved tremendously (with a few setbacks that left me sobbing on the way home).


    However, Any tips on hitting out of the rough??



  3. The fairway you are hitting from is fairly flat ,with minimal lip .Many fairway bunkers are deep with nigh lips .Do you just adjust with a more lofted club, 8 or 9 iron .?
    What about using a hybrid ? or even a 5 wood ?

    • Raymond,

      It is all about the lip and the distance to the target. If you are 200 out and you can’t hit your hybrid 200 then why would you even try. You hit the lip then you might have an even worse shot. I would just get it out to the point I have an easy shot in. What are the odds of you hitting the green from way out there? Slim to none. This is one area where you could really make a high number. So be careful.

  4. May 20, 2020


    So you don’t need to set the wrists early on these shots? Concentrate on turning the belt buckle in the downswing? Thanks! Love your tips!

    • This would be a fairway bunker shot, different from the greenside. You are doing your normal golf swing, but making a few adjustments in your set up.

  5. November 12, 2021

    BrianVan Haselen

    Question: You mentioned that you would normally hit the same club in a fairway bunker as you would from the fairway based on the distance of the shot (your example you used was a 7 iron that you normally hit 160 yards). Since you are digging your feet in +/- 1/2″-1″ and choking down on the club wouldn’t the fact of you choking down on the club reduce the distance you could hit the 7 iron in your example in the video. If I am in the fairway and have an iron shot and choke down an inch or so on the club it usually ends up shorter than if I had full length on the club I’m hitting. Wouldn’t it be the same even if in the trap?

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      November 16, 2021

      Paul Wilson

      A 1/2″ lower on the golf club would not really go that much slower when hitting shots. You are gripping down slightly because you are trying to catch your fairway bunker shot thin vs fat. You can always go up 1/2 a club when hitting out of a bunker. I just do not want golfers to try to decelerate when hitting out of a bunker. You want to be aggressive and this will help you hitting cleaner shots.

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