You may have noticed Christina Kim has a rather unorthodox pre-shot routine. However strange it may seem, it’s working for the 30-year-old, searching for her first win since 2005 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Where’d the routine come from? It was born out of a bee attack this past summer at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
“I had an incident with some bees that had me back off my shots, and that actually gave me sort of a back-in-the-day, Sergio kind-of-Dufnery waggle,” she said. She explained, “I took the club back, and there was a swarm of bees that flew right overhead and just freaked me out. I had to step out of the shot.”
Kim has shortened the sequence to a near full practice swing followed by a half-swing before pulling the trigger. It’s kind of like what Mike Weir does. The point of it is to emphasize her hand position at impact. Even though it’s working this week, Kim, a once fast player, loathes that she’s taking so long over the ball.
“It’s been a long battle,” she said. “I know it’s only been like four months, but it’s excruciating. It’s mortifying knowing how much time I took. Especially at the beginning of the Asian swing. My dad was like,`I don’t care if you shoot 90. Just pull the trigger.’”