Shotmaker: Anthony Kim on the Bunker Shot [video]

Anthony Kim is a 29-year-old American golfer with a good few wins under his belt. As well as claiming three Tour wins, he’s also won a Presidents Cup and a Ryder Cup. Unfortunately, Kim has not played in a Tour competition since 2012, when he suffered an injury.

He may have been out of the game for a while, but that’s not to say he doesn’t have a lot of great experience and insight to share. In the video on the following page, Kim gives his opinion on how to play consistently good bunker shots.

Kim advises that you treat bunker shots and flops shots much the same. The only real difference, he explains, is that you should play the ball first for a lob shot, and the sand first for a bunker shot. As you will have heard in the past, you should generally aim to enter the sand an inch or two behind the ball.

Controlling the length of bunker shots is something that a lot of golfers have problems with. If you need to send the ball a longer distance, you have two options.

  • You can choose a less lofted club, forcing the ball to fly at a lower trajectory
  • You can play the sand closer to the ball.

Both of these techniques will have similar effects, although it takes a lot of practice to get a real feel for it.

Watch Kim demonstrating these tips on the next page.

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