New Zealand Golf Magazine

HAS THE WIND GOT YOU?

This month I wanted to talk with you about the basic concepts of a punch shot and how effective a shot like this can be.

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Marcus Wheelhouse explains a shot that can help you in the windy weather we get at this time of year.

Golf is a sport played in many conditions; different temperatur­es, altitudes, golf course styles, grasses just to name a few. But the one thing that always amazes me is how many amateurs don't develop a punch shot as one of their options while playing. The wind varies in strength and direction and can change during a shot. But when watching golfer's, the more they can swing within themselves and create a lower ball flight the more accuracy they achieve not only in the distance travelled but also the direction.

Here I have covered a few things you could focus on to improve this shot and make it a real shot saver.

What is a punch shot? This is a shot that has less spin than a full shot. It flies lower than a normal ball hit at a full capacity.

I want to talk about 3 main things in this shot.

WG DISCUSSION POINT

Moving the ball back in the stance by a ball is a very traditiona­l option to create the shot required. A lot of times getting the ball back in your stance can cause the ball to start well right of the target and you can lose your good connection with the shot. So now the strategy is to use at least one more club then you would usually from this distance.

This shot will produce less spin and a lower launch angle and a solid strike the keys for a successful punch shot!

Have a great winter!

 ??  ?? 01-02: THE SET UP I use the lean of the club and my upper body position. In golf, there is something called the lean of the club. This is the position of the hands at impact. I like getting the handle of the club forward of the ball at address without...
01-02: THE SET UP I use the lean of the club and my upper body position. In golf, there is something called the lean of the club. This is the position of the hands at impact. I like getting the handle of the club forward of the ball at address without...

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