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Quick Golf Tips - Hitting Longer Clubs From Fairway Sand


Playing from a fairway bunker can be tough for people who are not long hitters. These players need to play long par 5s and par 4s carefully. A weak shot from fairway sand can take you right out of the hole and cost you strokes in the process. But developing the ability to hit longer clubs and long-iron hybrids from the sand can keep you in these holes.

Below are seven keys to hitting longer clubs from fairway sand:
* Dig your feet into the sand
* Tilt your front foot inward as a brace
* Choke down on the club half an inch
* Play the ball just inside your left heel
* Stand slightly straighter at the knees
* Take the club back three-quarters length
* Try to pick the ball clean from the sand


You need a good lie and a low front lip before trying this shot. If you have both, follow these steps:

Dig your feet into the ground just enough to create stability, and tilt the sole of your front foot inward to brace yourself and prevent swaying. Don't dig in as much as you would with a greenside bunker. You just need to go down enough to make sure you don't slip when you swing.

Choke down on the club half an inch and play the ball about an inch inside your front heel. Stand slightly straighter at the knees and waist to make it easier to pick the ball cleanly from the sand.

Keep your takeaway low and your back-swing three-quarter length. Sweep the clubhead through the ball while keeping your head and your spine angle still until well into your follow-through.

Above all, don't overswing. You don't need a miracle shot here, just something that provides some distance, hits the fairway, and keeps you in the hole.


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