Punch shot keys
Master the low shot into the wind with just a couple of simple adjustments to your set-up and swing
The two things that determine the height of your shots are the loft on the club at impact and the speed at which you swing. It makes sense, then, that if you are trying to play a low punch, these are the two factors to adjust.
Obviously, you need to de-loft the club at address, and you do that by simply moving the ball back in your stance. With the ball back, your hands will automatically be ahead of the ball and you’ll be strengthening the loft of the club by up to 10˚.
Your swing speed determines how much backspin you create. More backspin generates a higher flight, so you need to swing a little slower, too. You can do this by pure feel, but I prefer to shorten the swing to around three-quarters back and through.
Just note that as you are looking to take speed out of the swing, you may need to take an extra club to hit your usual distances. Experiment on the range – it’s great fun and really useful once you get to the course.
Backswing check Flight and balance