Tip from the Tour: Escaping from a Short-Sided Bunker with John Peterson

Posted: May 15, 2014

When facing difficult bunker shots, a lot of great sand players rely on their powers of visualization and paint a picture in their minds of the exact shot they want to play. They envision the arc of the shot, how far it should fly and precisely where the golf ball needs to land in order to get close.

And in the tip above, Titleist Brand Ambassador John Peterson walks us through his technique and thinking process when faced with a bunker shot to a short-sided pin.

In a deep bunker with very little green to work with, John demonstrates how a few fundamentals and executing the shot with confidence can help turn this situation into a scoring opportunity.

Give John’s advice a try and hopefully you’ll be able to convert a few more sand saves when faced with a similar shot.


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This was a nice simple instruction.  Remembering to lower my hands on the wedge is something I need to do......."dig in and drop the grip down"  ThanksJohn.

David B

I've read about and seen numerous sand shots. Thanks to these tips I am pretty successful getting out. But my biggest problem lies in figuring out what kind of sand I'm in and how to play the shot. Amateurs play out many different and inconsistent sand bunkers. We have sugar sand, beach sand, coarse sands, wet sands, thin sands, fluffy sand, deep soft sands, all of which does something different to the. club and how it performs in the sand. It may bounce off a hard base under the sand, it may dig deep in the soft sand, it may be a heavy wet shot, etc. figuring out what will happen in which sand is not always easy especially if it's a new course for you.


Thank you John!! As posted I saw your video yesterday.  Today I played the East Course at Indian Spring CC in  Boynton Beach, FL.  On the par  2nd hole my tee shot found the bunker.  Remembering your swing thought "dig in and drop your grip down", I opened my stance alignment, made a smooth swing with my sand wedge and my Titleist Pro V1X found the bottom of the cup, sandy birdie! Thank you John, you helped this super senior with your instruction, and I appreciate it.