How to get out of a bunker every time golf tips with Mark Crossfield golf professional. How to get out of a bunker is a skill all golfers need to get around a golf course and in this golf swing basics video Mark talks bunker play and how to get out without fail. Bunker play requires some good short game basics that allow you to create loft and speed to get the golf ball up fast and making distance to clear the bunker and hit the green. With these simple golf swing fixes and golf swing fundamentals every golfer can start enjoying the bunker and start practicing getting the golf ball close and getting up and down more often.

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right basic ideas for getting out of the bunkers I've got a selection of my wedges I've got a 46 degree I've got a 56 and a 60 let's talk to you about some basics so you can get out of the bunkers every time you play and try and get those scores a little lower are you any good at bunkers up in that card let me know this was filmed at VJ Catalunya in Spain thanks to your golf travel it's an amazing destination we caught some great Sun the bunkers and the bunker area was fantastic so we thought we'd film this golf swing basics bunker lesson for you let me know with a thumbs up if you liked this and you want to see more if you're subscribe this channel or any make sure you give that bad like on little rings you don't miss the next video and if you're not subscribed and you want more gosling basics hit that subscribe button got loads more coming so let's start with the basic setup and ideas of what you're trying to do so generally in a bunker I'm trying to get the ball up in the air with some height and some stop the other end sometimes you want it to release a move on and we'll talk about the other lofts in a second now when it comes to holding the club what I'm gonna do before I put my hands on it I'm going to turn it to my desired law so I'm gonna twist it and then I'm going to hold it if you look at the logo on my grip I am all skew F on that club biggest mistake I see amateurs make is they take their grip so they hold the club in a neutral position and then start trying to turn it to add loft add angle to get out of that bunker that doesn't help because there's a good chance they're going to return that club to where they started maybe start using this leading edge which we don't want to do we're going to come to the club in a second but basically I'm gonna try and add bounce this angle drop the back of this club lower than the leading edge to get that working for me to bounce out of the bunker rather than to dig for any kind of leading edges so I'm gonna play my standard grip but I'm just gripping that face open now the more I twist that loft on the more I twist that face to appear like it's pointing to the right the higher the ball will generally go and the short or in distance if I do one here just to kick us off lots of twists and then if I have lesser degree of turn all that's going to happen is that ball is going to come out lower and tend to just roll on a little bit more so I'm going to use that level of turn to get balls going no running on or going higher but I'm doing it all from the beginning twisting it then holding it now the more twists I put on this face or in turn the more loft I'm adding the more I might point that face to the right so I'm now going to play with this angle so the lie angle to try and turn that face back towards my target so you can see here as I lift the club up that club is going to point a little bit more to the right of the lens and then if I lower it down even though that face is still pointing away right in people's minds that face is now pointing left of the lens here so lie angle is going to be your new aiming tool so if I go and twist lots of angle on that face I'm going to have to get my hands lower which means to me sinking down a bit more but I have any chance of hitting that target out in front of me now this is so trial and error I want you to gain a bunka try little bit of twist see what Heights you get try loads of twists see what Heights you get in contrast distance then loads of hand low with twist handle up with let's just play with those three dimensions of that clubface he lofted Club face or Walker bases have a three dimensional aiming point don't just think you're aiming that face right so now you might need to swing left all those kind of cliches you can aim that Club while adding loft by playing with your lie angle really easily now depending on how far I want this ball to go my grip with this twisted open and lofted Club face I'm going to come down or near the top so I'm going to move my hands and round the grips or how high or how low subject to how much speed I want to put down in the bottom of the shot so just go into the blue flag here so it's relatively close ten yards in front of me I'm going to twist a bit of height on so I want the ball to stop and I'm going to hold middle to bottom of that grip to try and play a softer shock now if I wanted to play the same shot but I'm now going to try and go over that blue flag what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put less twisting I'm gonna hold more at the top I want to make a biggest swing get the same height that send it much further out there so I'm playing with how much twist I put on the face the lie then in turn the length of the club in how I hold it hit the many different distances you're going to get in a bunker shot now when it comes to your stance I like to see a good width for stars you can see I'm about shoulders width apart here with my feet I'm generally making a medium to bigger swing everyone lacks speed generally out of the bunker so a bit of speed you're gonna have a follow-through so twist my hips twist my shoulders right foots going to generally come up to that solid base in an unstable surface it's only a good thing so ball position I'm going to put the part of the sand I wanna hit so not the ball the bit of sand I wanna here I'm going to focus on that that's generally gonna be if you see my two footprints here just forward of Center so the ball actually is sitting opposite my left heel but I'm referencing the bit of sand I want to hit which is around an inch the two inches behind the ball so you cliche bunker tip hit two inches behind the ball an inch behind ball look where I've entered the sand here so my ball was here and here is the continuation of my life so I've actually entered that sand further back than where I would suggest you do it but to do that I focused on two inches behind and you've got to find your trigger find where you need to focus on to get the trigger of the strike that gets the height the distance the control you want sometimes I think people in bunkers get a little too obsessed to try and hit the most precise part of the bunker what you don't want to be doing is hitting that ball first so making sure you're getting that Sam first obviously if you get do max and first you're going to Duff it but again if you use this line on the ground to reference where you struck so I know if I catch in this area that I've caught here it's a good result it's a good shot so I'm going to keep focusing on trying to hit two inches behind the ball so I'm going to see a little bit of a wiggle in with my students into the sand I want to get a bit of grip you don't just stand on top of it it'll feel a little looser that also sinks me down to kind of the level of sand I want to be getting under that ball was wearing the feeling in my head then I also have a good amount of knee flex because remember gonna get my handle lower because I'm generally adding that twist that we said at the start so by just bending down crouching down a bit more not only does that make me feel like I want to get into the sand under the ball so not clip that ball first it also gives me a good solid base to really start turning my body around remember on this loose surface now when it comes to the swing I used to teach loads of beginners how to get out of bunkers and I used to love it because it was generally so easy because they would get so bogged down in these kind of ideas of aiming left face right swing left along lines of the feets all these contradicting angles that people would see and teach a bit and I grew up trying to hit the slice bunker shot where now I'm much straighter on with my bunk my path my club which we'll talk about in a second but when it comes to amateurs or new golfers and even experienced golfers getting out every time you find that entry point for your sand so ever you have to look an inch two inches three inches whatever it is that works for you behind the ball so you're not catching that ball first and you apply speed and different levels of controlled speed you generally get out every time so the real basic basic lesson I used to give the students before all this bit that I've given you now because the amateurs used to get very scared of bunkers I would say look just do your normal shots I've taught you on the range point the face straight put the ball somewhere in the middle your stance hit around an inch behind the ball and just follow-through so just make sure you come off the right foot and the club comes over your shoulder swinging nice and straight your target as you can see there the ball came out it got out of the bunker sometimes for people that's all they want at the start obviously these are other little bits I'm putting in as saying if you want to get out higher if you want to control distances so for lots of beginners it is a case of just doing your normal swing and then controlling the speed even we have a straight face so that's a slower and that's come out softer it stopped fine it's got enough height for this instance because the bunkers not the biggest lip in the world and I'm getting confidence of getting that ball out because so many people are scared of leaving it in here so when it comes to your swing the biggest thing I want you to focus on is making sure that you're turning back turning through like a full swing that you've done in all your over lessons make sure your right foots coming up it's tow hands and club coming over left shoulder now if you find obviously that the ball goes too far or you get a few diggie's when you get in there that's where all these other ideas of opening the face up getting down in your feet getting down with a grip get you really funky by the green get you're getting loads of height loads of stop and getting that control that you might push towards so overview play with how much twist that's going to add loft going to add height if you want it stopping angles if you want it to stop short or not if you don't put as much twist in think about where you're holding the club up or down the grip and remember to put the twist in before you grip good wit for starts shuffling in aiming at the target with your feet so parallel to that ball the target line aiming parallel to the line you want the ball to go with so that at the target in affecting your mind making sure the handles low enough to compensate for that twist in that face turn back turn through off that right foot with your hands coming up over your left shoulder you will get out more than you stay in you'll actually start having fun in here good players love bunkers they'd rather be in a bunker than not because they can control the height so easily they don't even have to hit the ball they just have to explode the sand there's a bigger room for error almost in bunkers ideally don't want to be leading that heads in too much and you want to have a bit of speed and commitment on your follow-through you're gonna get them out


  1. I am an awful bunker player. I play off 7 with a 28 handicap greenside bunker game. Pretty good from fairway bunkers though….

  2. Have been in the practice bunker today this was game changing opened the face up dropped my hands was popping, stopping and badgering thanks Brah… Someone else has also mentioned but could you do a vid on getting out of wet compacted bunkers

  3. Good stuff. How about a video on getting out of a bunker with little or hard sand. How not to blade a sand wedge from the middle of the fairway 40-50 yards from the pin.

  4. Good stuff Mark! As a 20 handicap, I’ve never really struggled out of bunkers. I play what feels like a standard 50 yard chip and move on. I find myself in a bunker maybe once a round, so I haven’t really put much time into it. Got to work on that approach play brah!

  5. Another thought….it would be good if you could discuss the”sand wedge” sometime. I know there’s lots of bounce and grind videos, all good, but what are you looking for in a good sand wedge appropriate to sand conditions ?

  6. Great video MC. I have been thought the open stance, feet pointing forward, make a wish technique and always been hit and miss. This could change the world. So straight forward, clear, simple 👍

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