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The Hardest Shots In Golf

By John Hawkins Illustrations by Leigh Haeger
September 28, 2009

Early into this year's FedEx Cup playoffs, one of my trusty TV analysts politely reminded me that the 60-yard play from a fairway bunker is the hardest shot in golf. It's one of those bromides everybody has heard but nobody questions, which doesn't make it silly, just a bit trite and probably a few strokes short of accurate.

Whether you chunk it out of the sand with an 8-iron, pick it clean with a gap wedge or throw it onto the green after two failed attempts—that's your business. None of those options offer any guarantees, but I can think of numerous scenarios I'd rather not face.

For more of John Hawkins' opinionated insight, watch the "Grey Goose 19th Hole," Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel.