By Michael DeJordy/ PGA Certifi ed Professional,The Island Country ClubThe Fairway BunkerThroughout the years I have seen a great many players have trouble with fairway bunkers, or bunker shots that are not made To read Michael DeJordy's previous articles on how to improve your short game, bunker shots, putting, distance and choosing your equipment, please visit the features section of our website at www.marcoreview.comfrom a green side bunker. This is considered by many to be the toughest shot in golf. You're playing a hole, hit a drive and you come to rest in one of these dreaded hazards. Well, don't worry, I want to give you some tips to help you get out of these bunkers with the most possible distance with the least amount of effort. First things fi rst, relax, and don't get uptight or upset at the fact that you just hit your ball into a fairway bunker. Then get your yardage from the ball to the center of the green, or the target which you are trying to get to. Once you have picked your target, select your club. Now, in selecting a club, be sure that you select one more club than you would usually use from that distance. Meaning, your 150 yard club is a 7 iron, if you have 150 yards from a bunker, select the 6 iron.Secondly, while staying relaxed, enter the bunker and be sure that you do not ground your club. Remember, ground-ing your club or raking the bunker before you hit your shot is a penalty. I see a lot of players, when playing out of a bunker, they set their club into the sand behind the ball, this is a violation of the Rules of Golf, so please be sure not to touch the sand with your club at any time before you strike the ball.Finally, the swing, or the moment of truth for this golf shot. A couple of key factors that make you strike the ball successfully out of a fairway bunker are: First, be confi dent, remember you can do this! Second, remember to keep your head down and swing through the shot. You never want to try and punch the ball out of a fairway bunker, swing through the ball with a good follow through. Third, and this is the most important, keep your lower body still. Do not allow your weight to shift at any time during this swing. You want to hit this shot with predominantly upper body. So make a shoulder turn, and try and keep your lower body quiet. One other thought I like to give my students is, stay tall. When you address the ball, keep your shoulders at the same height throughout the swing. Try not to dip down your shoulders to get to the ball. All you want to do is rotate your shoulders, not lift or drop them.If you use these few key fundamentals, you should see better results in your fairway bunker play.