If playing your way out of a bunker is a poor aspect of your overall golf game, here are some bunker play tips that might help:

• Visualize the shot you want to play: pick a spot a couple of inches behind the ball and then forget the ball and concentrate on hitting the spot you first chose and accelerate through it with your club.

• A club with 60 degrees loft is more than adequate to get a ball out of a bunker: stand a bit wider and hit slightly behind the ball to avoid driving into the sand.

• Draw an imaginary box that is about four inches square around the ball and concentrate on hitting anywhere within it rather than trying to hit the ball itself; this will guarantee a strike no matter how much sand comes with the ball.