I struggle hitting out of fairway bunkers on a consistent basis, I have a tournament coming next weekend on a course that has like 200 some fairway bunkers an sandy waste areas any tips to hitting better shots? Besides don't hit the bunkers , thanks already thought of that LOL
If the ball is sitting down in the sand(soft sand) then anymore than just getting it out is not probable, a PW and hit the ball first will be about as good as you can do.
Nice firm sand simply hitting the ball first with any club(making sure you can clear the lip). If you you hit the ball first you should have no problem, hit 1 club less and expect lots of spin.
If you're having trouble out of firm sand then you aren't hitting the ball first.
It's usually a little easier to make clean contact if you choke down on the grip a little bit. Of course it's better to catch it a little thin rather than fat out of fairway bunkers. I've always been a picker of the ball, so I do ok out of them.
If the ball is not plugged or way below my feet, I usually slighlty grip down on the club and put it a hair back in my stance to make sure I contact the ball before the sand. If the bunker has a high lip to get over then I wont play it back in my stance. And no matter what, I try always to remember to keep the same flex in my knees the entire swing and never look up early.
Don't think of it as a bunker. It shouldn't be a typical bunker shot anyways so no reason to think of it like one.
First, gameplan. Try to hit shots off the tee that will put the sand traps out of play, and still give you a reasonable chance of hitting the green. Now, when hitting out of the fairway bunkers you need to keep the lower body stable. If you dip, you'll chunk it, if you raise up you might thin it into the lip. Stay stable, make a smooth swing thinking "ball first." If you do that you'll do just fine.
@Jeremy1313 I agree with @AlexEasthom. Personally, I have found that if I have a good lie and the sand is not too soft, I get better results using @AlexEasthom's suggestions and I also move the ball back just a little in my stance to be sure I contact the ball first.