Las Vegas, Nevada (September 4, 2015)–Eric Meeks operates the Eric Meeks School of Golf at the TaylorMade Golf Experience on the Las Vegas Strip. Meeks is a former U.S. Amateur champion and played professional golf internationally for many years. Now he focuses his time on helping golfers improve their games, with an emphasis on junior golfers, but he teaches all levels of players. Here is a tip from Meeks about how to survive a bunker when you hit an errant shot. –Instruction by Eric Meeks.

3 Tips for Sand Success

  1. For set-up and stance, be sure your weight is 90% on left foot (right foot for lefties). See photo 1.
  2. Make sure shoulder line matches slope of bunker. Your aiming point should be just left of target. Imagine parallel railroad tracks in sand on line of feet and through ball. See photo 2.
  3. Swing with a descending and swiping blow and keep weight forward throughout follow through. Swing should feel wide and you should take plenty of sand. Club is very open at contact. See photo 2.

3 mistakes to avoid

  1. Don’t have 50/50 weight distribution like you do for full-swing shots. Weight should be 90% on left foot.
  2. Don’t backup or reverse pivot during the swing so your weight ends up on the back foot. If weight ends up on back foot, you will hit up on the ball causing a blade or chunk. See photo 3.
  3. Don’t shut clubface. Clubface should be open to utilize bounce of club. If club not open, you will dig into the sand and a poor result will follow.

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For complete information about Eric Meeks and/or the TaylorMade Golf Experience, visit the official website at The facility features a lighted two-tier driving range and 9-hole courses, bar and grill and a large retail area where experts are on staff to custom fit golfers.