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Joseph Pavlik

Great, love the 45 deg. closed face for the buried lie.

I think I am making it more complicated Shawn. I’m in heavy sand fluffy but wet under the surface. Short shots with a high lip I seem to slam it into the lip of the bunker and if it gets out it goes nowhere. I’m trying to use less strain but seem to be straining way more than necessary with no return. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. BTW, no problem with the plugged lie setup. Seem to do that with no issues. Thank you so much for all your continued support. You have revolutionized my approach to the game and now it is fun and enjoyable.

Merry Christmas!!

Gary from Tucson AZ

Shawn I’ve recently subscribed to the premium offering and having watched a number of your videos already the improvement to my game is progressing significantly in the right direction – Thank You!

Can you enlighten me further on general bunker play please. I infer head tilt and turn should be similar to other shots ( 20 degrees) ? Is there also a preferred line of direction to the target line (i.e. xx degrees to the left if right handed) which seems to be the common thread from other golf coaches?

Regards Bill

Hey Shawn, what is the technique of hitting off of hardpan for Greenside bunker shots? Dick in Menifee, CA

Thanks Shawn

Shawn, one problem I have is that I will sometimes hit a ball thin when in the bunker. Hitting the sand first is challenge. Basically I would need to hit the ball fat. And that is not how you should do it. I need some thoughts on how to keep the lag but still hit the sand first. Thanks.

Ha. Love your comment about the Golf Channel Shawn. Another media source like Golf Digest, etc etc offering tips instead of a system. Years ago when you were in the running for their teaching, they couldn’t pick you because it would have turned the teaching world on it’s head!! Meanwhile, regular guys like me, who have played for 50 years and have taken lessons throughout that time, remember zero about them.! I use and remember your system, exclusively. I am a solid 6 handicap at age 67 because of it. Thank you.! Doug D

Daniel Zarewcyh

I bat about .500 from the bunker. 50% stay in the bunker and the other 50% are home runs out of the park.

I’m scared to death. Is there anything I can do to avoid this? It seems my club deflects of the ground into the middle of the golf ball.

Daniel Zarewcyh

My focus is on moving my knees towards one another and trying to stay back.

I have a hard time aiming behind the ball as my instincts have me lunge at it. Therefore, I wind up putting it about 3 inches ahead instead of 1/2 inch.

I still sometimes hit it first or deflect into it. I suspect I’m not getting out of the way on the backswing or forward swing, which may result int my wrists collapsing and the lunar ball.

Daniel Zarewcyh

Thank you. I’m going to give it a go. This is a great video. Thank you for all of your awesome work.

Scott Davis

Should our backswing be wide just like in a normal shot? I feel like I pick it up and try to make a V with my bunkers shots. I usually leave them in the bunker because I take too much sand.

jean jacques LUGAND

hello shawn; it’s so easy when we see you to understand; thank you; in my golf it has been before and after shawn clement; each time i look a video even several times for the same video i always understand something new and this holistic approach is fascinating ;billions thanks; dr jjl


Shawn, your teaching is the best. After plalying for over 50 years and watching way too many videios of other teachers and reading many golf books, I settled on your teaching over the winter here in Ohio. I then purchased the premium subscription. It is well done and have helped me immensely. I have increased my driver distance by 30 yards just by studying the backswing lessons…elevating a little more and going back a little farther. I no longer watch golf channel or read any books except Anatomy of Greatness.

One question about the book., should we try to apply the “stretch – shortening cycle ” ?

Thanks again for your fantastic teaching…I wish you were in the states so I could attend your school !

Elio from the HOF city !

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