Bunker Tips From PGA Tour Pro Henrik Stenson

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The 509-yard, par-5 3rd hole.
Ryan Reiterman

Use Henrik Stenson’s bunker-swing secrets and turn scary sand shots into simple pars. It’s as simple as using these four tips.

1. SMACK AND TILT

 

Imagine a straight line extending up from Stenson’s belt buckle; his upper body and head are left of the line. This means he maintained the right-side bend created in his downswing. Copy that bend to carve a perfect divot.

2. OPEN FOR BUSINESS

 

The ball’s in the air and Stenson’s “tracking” it with his eyes and his chest. This indicates that he set up open and swung in the direction of his stance line. If you swing toward the target, you won’t be able to “track” and you’ll probably hit too far behind the ideal entry point.

3. BOSS OF THE TOSS

 

Stenson goes from a bent right wrist at the top to a flat wrist through impact, as though he’s “tossed” the club downward with his right wrist. Do this to activate the bounce on your wedge and produce high, soft sand shots.

4. UNDER AND OUT

 

Stenson’s best move is keeping his right palm under his left through impact, with the middle knuckles on both hands facing the ground. The resulting open clubface provides loft, dig-free contact and shot-stopping spin. Think “fade” in a bunker, not “draw.”