Refresh your Game with Michelob Ultra: Ball in Fairway Bunker

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Ball in Fairway Bunker: 50 Yards Away From the Green

What if you are in a bunker 50 yards away from the green? What club do you use? How do you hit this shot?

One of the most challenging shots in golf is the 50-yard bunker shot. There are three things which help to make this shot a success every time:

1. Club Selection
2. Ball Position
3. Length of Swing

To properly execute this shot, I recommend you choose your 100-yard club. Open the clubface to prevent the leading edge of the club from digging into the sand. Then, grip down on the club for control.

Play the ball position just inside the front foot similar to your driver ball position. This allows you to hit the sand first. Angle your front foot to an 11 o'clock position to help allow for a steep backswing.

Hit this shot with a full swing. Because of the ball position, you will hit the sand first. You must accelerate through the ball to a good finish.

Rita Reasons is the co-owner of the Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf located at King's Creek Golf Club in Spring Hill, TN. In 2009 she was selected as the LPGA National Teacher of the Year, LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year, and US Kids Golf Top 50 Teacher. She has also been recognized by: Golf Digest as one of Tennessee's Best Instructors, GOLF Magazine as a Top Regional Teacher, and Golf for Women magazine as a Top 50 Teacher. She is co-author of “Staying on Course: Mastering Golf's Most Challenging Shots.” Rita is known as an instructor who motivates her students and educates them to understand the need for strong fundamentals in order to play their best golf. She can be reached at 615-778-8823 or a

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