Escape From A Plugged Lie In A Bunker

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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+

13 Responses to “Escape From A Plugged Lie In A Bunker”

  1. January 17, 2018


    Good tip.

  2. September 8, 2018


    So distance is controlled by ball placement in your stance. Are there any other tips for distance control in the sand?

  3. January 17, 2020


    Paul, I have a couple of questions relating to “normal” bunker shots: When I aim left of the target in the bunker, my shots have a tendency to still go left of the pin….Also, with your bunker technique, do you hit your shot directly behind the ball? I also have a proclivity to hit the ball slightly ahead of hitting the sand and the ball obviously flies across the green instead of being propelled out of the bunker with the sand….Thoughts????

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      February 4, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      You want to be checking a few things; are your arms stretching out when hitting shots? Or do you chicken wing? If the buckle then you can hit the shots thin, also make sure that you are digging your feet in enough when hitting the shot. You want to be digging in about 2″. The other thing I have seen people do when hitting thin shots from the bunker is they tend to just hit with their arms and this will leave too much weight on your back foot at contact. Make sure that you are using your lower body to hit the shots. Sounds like with the pulled shots and the thin shots you ned to start turning more.

  4. January 18, 2020


    Hi Paul. When I am in a pot bunker and I have to get a high trajectory to get out of the bunker onto the green, should I use the same approach or a modification of it as though it was a plugged lie?

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      February 4, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      You want to be opening your golf club up as much as possible, this will get the loft needed to get the golf ball going up vs forward. Then you want to be using your body faster and this will help get the golf ball out of those nasty pot bunkers.

  5. January 19, 2020


    Hi Paul,
    A little off the subject of the day, but what’s your take on hard and soft golf balls?
    It seems to me that using your body swing, it shouldn’t make much difference.

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      February 4, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      You want to find a golf ball that works well with your swing speed and that you like the feel of. Generally the harder the golf ball then the further it goes. A softer golf ball is going to spin more for you. Best advice is try a few differetn balls and see which one works best for you. Do not try to compare say a PRO V1 vs a pinnacle, these are 2 totally different balls. A callaway chrome soft seems to spin more vs the PRO V1. Try a few out and see what works best.

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      February 4, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      Try a few different golf balls out and see which one works best for you. You can’t try to compare a PRO V1 vs a pinnacle, these are 2 totally different balls. Generally the softer a golf ball is then the less distance its going to go. A pro can get away with a softer golf ball becaseu they already have the distance, they need performance. A higher handicap golfer needs the distance vs spin and control around the greens. Try a few different golf balls out and see what works best for you.

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    January 19, 2020


    Good tip. How about doing one on the buried lie??

    • January 19, 2020


      It was a question for Paul that I’ve never heard him comment on before. But it is often discussed by my golfing buddies

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