Bunker Shots

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

Credits

Director: Lukas Huffman
Producer: Emoticon Productions
Executive Producer: Harrison Levinson

Transcript

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