Settings Goals In the 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+

9 Responses to “Settings Goals In the Bunker”

  1. February 8, 2013


    Hi Paul,
    How about weight distribution during a bunker shot ?

  2. February 9, 2013



  3. Hi Paul.. Years ago bunkers were not a problem. I liked being in them because I knew the worst score I had left was 3 strokes. Lately, I’ve been sculling bunker shots, which of course is a disaster. In watching your tips, my guess is I’m playing the ball to far forward and bouncing into the ball, instead of hitting behind it. Does this make sense?

    Thanks, Ron.

    • Ron,

      Sure, or you are hanging back way too much on the back foot causing the club to bottom out way behind the ball then on its way up as it hits the ball. Just draw 2 lines out from your toes. Hit a bunker shot. If the club is entering too early it will be close to the back line. Get the weight off this foot more. If it is closer to the forward line you would be shifting too fast into the forward leg. You can also put a line on the ball too. The ball should be pretty much in the center of this splash pattern in the sand. So this would indicate poor ball position. A lot of people actually play it too far back so the club hits the back of the ball. So try these things. Hopefully you are doing my bunker technique.


      Body and Club Alignment:

      Bunker Technique:

  4. Paul,You don’t mention in this d√©monstration and others on how to exit from a sand trap That an unhurried rythmis essential.I f you speed up your tempo to ” muscle ” the ball out of the sand as man y players do ,you’ll never make it .It’s not the 3/1 ratio of the normal golf swing ,it’s a 1/1 ratio of backswing to downswing ,pretty slow also ,the rotation of the hips giving the distance .

    • Raymond,

      Yeah but doing the hinge turn should get the person to stop hitting because they are hitting the shot with the legs and hips not the arms. If I can just get people to my follow through they hit perfect bunker shots.

  5. April 6, 2016


    Hi Paul,
    I am curious about the texture and the depth of the sand. Am I wrong is thinking that the sand in this bunker is not very deep. It appears to me that the bounce of your club works very well. Can you tell me anything about how to adjust for different conditions and how to pick the proper bounce for the sand conditions that are most prevalent in a particular area?

    Thank you,

    • Len,

      That was fluffy sand. Not too much sand in there as the wind blows it out.

      Fluffy sand = more bounce
      Harder sand = less bounce

      Just try a few wedges to see the difference. If you can’t demo any then try your friends.

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