Don’t Look Up!
You are going to be a bit nervous when playing a bunker shot from behind a tall lip. If the ball doesn’t get out, you are going to waste at least one stroke – and probably more. With that in mind, it might be tempting to look up early in order to see if the ball is going to get out.
Don’t fall into this trap!
When you look up early, you raise the level of your entire body. As a result, the club will swing through higher than intended, and you may miss the sand altogether.
If you miss the sand and just hit the ball, the shot will rocket into the face of the bunker and you’ll be in a world of trouble.
Even with the right technique, you never want to find yourself in a deep bunker with a steep lip between you and the hole. This is one of those skills that you would rather not have to put into action.
It is inevitable, however, that you will need to use this shot once in a while. When those situations do roll around, you should now be better prepared to make your escape. In fact, you might even be able to get up and down more often than not.
Saving par from behind a tall bunker lip is one of the most satisfying feelings you can have in this game.