How To Hit A Punch Shot

By Patrick Foley

golfer standing over a tee shot with iron
There are many times when a golfer will be set up under trees or trying to shape a shot low, and will need a specialty shot. A useful skill to have at this time would be the ability to hit a punch shot. The punch shot is a powerful, low-trajectory shot that gives a golfer satisfying distance, while also avoiding hazards. Being able to use this shot when necessary could save strokes off of every scorecard.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Setting up for a punch shot. The ball must be set up off the inside of your back foot. Besides the ball position, there are no necessary changes needed to the swing. Therefore, when coming down into the swing, the angle of the club will allow the ball flight to be low.
  2. Focusing. When preparing for the shot focus on the desired ball flight and swing. Visualization of a good golf swing is always a positive precursor to the eventual real swing.
  3. Keep your hands back away from the body when entering your backswing, and come down smoothly into the ball. This will help to keep from slicing or hooking the ball and will keep the swing in plane. There is no need to force this shot, just allow the club head to do the work.
  4. Follow through. When completing the punch shot, finish the swing low and towards your target. This will aid the low trajectory of the shot and help to avoid miss hits. If the swing is completed properly, the ball flight will be low while not sacrificing much distance.