Even the best golfers end up in the sand sometimes and these bunker play tips can help you minimize the damage to your score. Firstly, all bunker shots aren’t the same and you’ll need to assess the lie of the ball, consistency of the sand and angle of the shot. Your focus then should be on getting the ball out of the sand and back on the fairway; don’t try to hit it so far or hard that you leave it in there. Make sure you have a firm stance, keep the face of the club open and take a big swing. A confident swing, and an even and smooth swing typically work better than just blasting away at the ball. Finally, don’t forget to actually practice your bunker shots; most golfers just don’t bother and you don’t want to be one of them.