Bethpage Black, site of the U.S. Open in June, is ranked sixth on Golf Digest's list of America's 50 Toughest Golf Courses. What makes the Black such a bear? For one, its massive bunkers, some of which extend so far from the greens that players are forced to carry the ball 30 or 40 yards over sand. In this first article in our series on shots the pros will face at Bethpage, I'll demonstrate three keys for playing the long bunker shot.
But remember, it won't be only the world's best battling Bethpage: You could be chosen to play the Open course on NBC with a USGA official calling the rules. For the rest of us, the shots I'll describe in the next few issues work great on any course. You'll see what the pros will need to do in June.