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The bunker basics you need to know

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At Naples National Golf Club, we experience a lot of different bunker shots from all sorts of different lies. If you have a great setup and maintain a simple technique, you can really save shots around the greens. Here are my keys when helping my students improve their bunker play.

Technique

Almost every bunker shot that we hit around the greens uses the same technique. Our setup is what changes our shot selection. The keys I emphasize with my students of all levels are the following:

All Bunker Shots

  1. Wide and quiet base, straight shaft angle
  2. Keep knee flex of the lead knee toward the target
  3. Long fluid backswing
  4. The loft of the golf club never changes from address to finish

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Jake is the Head Golf Professional at Naples National Golf Club in Naples, FL. He is a Pittsburgh native and Professional Golf Management major from Methodist University and former Golfstat #1 ranked Division III player in the country. Jake has worked at Riviera Country Club, Augusta National for the Masters Tournament, Myopia Hunt Club, Calusa Pines, Sankaty Head, Muirfield Village and Seminole Golf Club among others in his young career. Jake has a deep passion for improving his students' games as well as developing his Assistant Professionals into future Head Golf Professionals. Jake credits his teaching philosophy to his mentors: Bill Davis, Bob Ford, Andrew Rice, Claude Harmon III, and Greg LaBelle.

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  1. John

    Dec 16, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Jake is one of the best short game teachers in the game! Genius!

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