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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Luke Peterken's 5-Minute Punch Shot Lesson (Video)

This Golf Monthly video is actually less than five minutes long, but hey, it's their title! This is the basic technique for hitting an accurate punch shot.

Let me list the key points from the video on how to lower your trajectory.
  • Shorten your backswing and followthrough, which creates less clubhead speed. This automatically lowers your trajectory some.
  • Lowering your trajectory causes the ball to roll more when it lands, so choose your target appropriately.
  • Take more club. You're creating less clubhead speed so you need a longer club to cover the distance.
  • Set up for a fade. That's because you...
  • Open your hips BUT keep your shoulders square to your aimline. This allows you to move your lower body more freely without spinning your shoulders, which might make you flip your hands and pull the shot. (This tip is something you often don't hear from instructors, but it makes a lot of sense.)
  • Move the ball back slightly in your stance, to hit the ball more cleanly while lowering the trajectory a bit more.
The key here is that this is how you create a controllable, accurate punch shot. Whether you're punching out of trouble or just need to keep the ball down to avoid trouble, controllability is the name of the game.

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