Punch through it, let it run


TeeUp Golf Tips Punch Out Shot Guide

IN soft and wet conditions, like how it has been recently, it is sometimes tough to get the ball up to the hole on long chip shots.

But there is a technique that can get the ball out low and hot, with minimal backspin – a combination that helps the ball run out to the pin in soft conditions.

It is a rather unusual technique but with some practice, you will find this a low-risk, useful shot.

‘Punch’ itThe feeling through impact should be that of ‘punching’ the clubhead through the ball. Avoid getting the hands leading – this will create a ‘choppy’ strike and a ‘checking’ ball. Aim to return the shaft to vertical at impact.

Straight faceA back ball position will give you clean contact with the straight face you are using to keep the ball low and ‘running’.

Vertical shaft at impact

This shot can be played with anything from a 6-iron to a wood. Close your stance and position the ball opposite your trail foot. Avoid any forward shaft lean. This creates a downward strike that adds backspin. Let the shaft run vertically up, towards your right hip. It promotes an early, shallow strike – allowing clean contact with minimal spin.

Body, shoulders control

It should be like a long putt more than a chip. Your hands and wrists must be kept quiet and let your body and shoulders control the movement – they create a wider arc to your action and a shallower strike through impact, which reduces backspin.

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