You punch out sideways – into more trouble
The punch-out that gets you into even more trouble.
Thanks to a wild drive, you’re surrounded by trees, but for once you listen to that voice inside your head: Just punch it back in play. Problem is, you hit the ball too hard, sending it across the fairway into the junk on the other side. Not your nest moment. Next time you face a shot like this, do what most golfers don’t do: Walk out towards the fairway, and take a look. Pick a target that allows for some roll. Remember, a low punch shot is going to run, especially with a middle iron. When hitting out sideways, many high-handicaps make too big a swing. Take the club back slow, and keep the motion compact. Also, be careful not to put hook spin on the ball. That’ll just make it scoot even further.
The more advanced player can try a cut swing.To do that, stand closer to the ball, open the face and swing out to in.The ball will fade and run less. But remember, an open face sends the ball higher. If you have to stay under branches, take less loft.
Now go hit the next shot on.