Average Yards One Can Hit A Five Iron
Is it possible to successfully putt the ball from a sand bunker?
The answer is yes, it is definitely possible! There are times when the bunker sand is hard enough and without a lip, that you can make a successful putt.
As Arnold Palmer says, "the worst putt is better than your best chip".
Before you go trying to make the hero putt shot from the sand, it is important to properly assess the situation so that the following conditions exist for a successful putt from the bunker:
1. The sand must be firm and well packed.
2. There must be absolutely no lip at the top of the bunker/edge of the grass.
3. The ball should not have to roll for more than 4 feet or so of sand. This is because it can be harder to roll the ball on sand rather than grass.
4. The hole should be very close to the bunker.