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How should I learn to hit a punch shot? Now a punch shot is something which is exceptionally useful when you’re playing in windy conditions. So if you’re a member of a course around the sea side or just on a general windy day more inland a punch shot can become an invaluable weapon when you try to keep the ball down and out of the wind and to get a little bit more control.

They’re many different versions of how you can actually play a punch shot but probably the most easiest is to get a little bit more weight on the front foot, get the ball slightly further back in the stance, and then take quite a lot of the wrist action out of the shot. So it’s always easy to practice this if you are in a slightly windy conditions to actually see the effects on the ball. But if you have a quiet time in the driving range even if it’s not windy you should be able to tell the difference in height between a normal shot and then a punch shot.

So with a normal shot your stance, your weight is relatively even, your swing should be quite free flowing, and your weight should be pretty even throughout the actual swing on either your foot until the point after impact where the body rises up and you balance on that back toe. Now with a punch shot things become slightly different because you’re trying to keep the ball as low as possible. So you move slightly further back in the stance, so my 7-iron here is just back at center, my weight moves slightly onto my front foot, and my hands become more ahead of the ball. Now what this is all going to do is steepen the angle of attack onto the ball. This de-lofts my club, it keeps the ball down and low out of the wind.

Now one thing which could happen from this position if you get quite flicky with the wrist is the ball could balloon off up into the air. So one of the key to hit a punch shot is to keep the wrist out of the shot and actually you could tell your follow through so the ball keeps nice and low. So to practice a punch shot; the ball slightly back of center, weight a little bit on the front foot, hands ahead of the ball opposite the left thigh, and just keep the wrists out of the swing as much as possible. The ball should travel a little bit lower and it should overall probably travel less distance because you’ve not quite got a full swing on there. But because it’s out of the wind it should be a lot more accurate and it should get to your target with a lot less blowing around in the wind hopefully. But if you get a chance on a windy day, practice it, it’s a lot better than practicing on a still day, but like I said if you do have a little bit of time and it is still you still should be able to see the difference between the high and the low shots.