#5: HOW TO PLAY THE 50-YARD BUNKER SHOT
This is arguably the hardest short game shot of them all, and maybe the hardest shot in all of golf...
The main key to the shot is 'strike'.
1. Take a little extra club, maybe come down from a 56 or 58-degree to a 52 or even 50-degree wedge.
2. Instead of entering the sand some two inches behind the ball like a normal greenside bunker shot, try and get in there around one inch. A great drill to practice to draw a line in the sand - forget about the ball and make practice swings that try to just hit that line.
3. Make sure you take a long enough swing to generate the clubhead speed to get the ball going up to the 50 yards.
4. Don't tense up. At no point do you want to pull the club with the hands down to the ball. By doing that, you're more than likely going to hit the ball fat and it will come up some 20 to 30 yards short of the green.
5. Shuffle the feet, get parallel to your target and get yourself a good base in the bunker. Get the ball position somewhere between the middle and your front foot to make sure you hit the sand an inch before the ball.
6. Hope for the best!