They say the long greenside bunker is one of the toughest shots in golf.
I agree with this statement. If you walk into the bunker with a “woe-is-me” attitude, then chances are you’ll hit a woeful shot.
Long greenside bunker shots require more carry than your standard bunker shot. Instead, grab your PW or 9 iron. You’ll discover that it will play much easier.
Remember: Do stand a bit taller from a long greenside bunker and get to your finish! You’ll need to generate clubhead speed to propel this ball the 30-40 yards to the green.
Your stance is slightly open, but not as much as a normal bunker shot. Select either a PW, lob wedge or even a 9 iron, depending on the distance you need to carry to the green.
A big backswing is key here. However, tempo is even more important. A controlled swing with head still is a must. You need steady acceleration to propel the ball 30-50 yards to the green.