The "Punch Shot" From Trouble
By: Bob Burns
In my experience teaching golf, I have found a problem, which all too often baffles the average golfer. This is the predicament in which the player finds himself when he is prevented from taking a full swing. This might occur when the ball lands so close to a tree or other obstacle that a conventional back swing is obstructed. The golfer then must adjust his swing to compensate.
I have accumulated a few checkpoints to use as a guide in executing this type of shot:
1) First, take a few practice swings;
2) Be sure to choke up on the club as much as necessary and maintain a steady body position;
3) Adjust the feet closer to the ball in relation with the choking down on the club;
4) Play the ball off the right toe;
5) Try to pick the club up with the wrists rather than with the left arm or hands;
6) In executing this shot, the wrists must break immediately on the back swing;
7) Hit down on the ball and follow through as much as possible.