Golf Digest Fitness Editor Ron Kaspriske helps golfers build up their strength to better execute shots out of greenside bunkers.
Released on 12/2/2014
|Executive Producer:||Harrison Levinson|
Hi, I'm Ron Kaspriske, fitness editor for Golf Digest,
and this is Get Golf Fit.
The greenside bunker shot is the only shot in golf
where your goal is to make a swing
and miss the ball completely.
Now while some people struggle with that concept
mentally, in actuality what really is going on
is they have a physical issue
that makes it almost impossible
for them to swing under the ball.
I've got two exercises that I'd like to show you
that'll really help you hit the best
bunker shots of your life.
Let's get started.
One of the things that can make a bunker shot
a real challenge is the fact that your stance
is different than a normal shot.
You actually get lower and wider.
That enables you to swing under the ball.
Some people can't swing from that position,
so I'm gonna show you an exercise with Sarah here
called the lateral squat that'll really strengthen
your glutes and hips and help you maintain
that lower stance that you need to hit a good bunker shot.
So show them how it's done, Sarah.
So she extends her arms,
and all she's doing, with her feet slightly wider
than shoulder width, is sliding back and forth laterally.
She goes to the left and then to the right.
Notice how she stacks her upper body over the leg.
That's very important.
You don't wanna drift left or right.
So the other problem poor bunker players have
is they don't finish the swing.
What happens is as soon as that club enters the sand,
the swing's over.
You gotta keep moving.
You gotta keep your chest turning toward the target.
Now this exercise will definitely
help you complete that bunker swing.
So Sarah's gonna get into a half squatting position
with her arms extended just as she is here.
She turns, almost like simulating a backswing,
and then she turns through and obviously
would throw the ball.
She's holding on to it here, but you know you can fire it
up against a solid wall somewhere and really get
some rotational power into your bunker shots.
That's gonna help you keep the club moving.
You don't want it to die in the sand.
Remember, the two biggest physical limitations
poor bunker players have is they can't maintain
their stance as they swing through the sand
and they stop, they should keep going with their trunk.
So those two exercises will definitely help you
with your bunker play.
For more exercises and fitness tips,
go to golfdigest.com and Get Golf Fit.
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