Golf Tips: Brush Off Your Baseball Swing for Fairway Bunkers

November 21, 2016

When it’s useful: The ball is nestled near the lip of a fairway bunker. You have to stand in the hazard to properly address the ball, and when you do, the ball is at waist height.

How to hit it: Batter up! Think back to your days as a Little Leaguer and knock this one out of the park.

Grip Near the Steel. It’s a funky stance. To create some semblance of a “normal” address position, choke all the way down to the end of the grip. Use your 7-iron—the goal is to hit the ball just far enough to leave a manageable wedge into the green.

Aim for Right Field. With the ball at waist height, your swing will be ultra-flat, meaning you’ll pull it left no matter what. To compensate, aim a good 20 yards to the right of where you want the ball to end up and set the face square to your aim line.

Make a Baseball Swing. Now the fun part. Swing the club as though you’re crushing a waist-high fastball, or pretend that you’re swinging across the top of your dining room table: Key: Keep the club below shoulder level. Suh-wing…and a hit!