Golf Tip #25: Fairway Bunkers

Fairway bunker shots require a certain amount of planning to be done before a club is taken out of the bag. Which club will give the ball enough elevation to clear the front lip of the bunker?

Go out to a fairway bunker during a quiet time on the course. Place some balls on the flat part of the bunker. Select a club that you believe will give the ball enough elevation to clear the front lip of the bunker. Test your selection. Try again until you determine the club that does the job.

Now stand outside the bunker. Estimate the distance between the ball and the front edge. Next gauge the height of the bunker lip above the ball. This will give you an idea how fast the ball rises with that club.

You will have a reference for club selection the next time you are in a fairway bunker.