Mastering The Low Draw Punch Golf Shot

There is a strong school of thought that you can achieve greater distance with a draw than a fade. When distance can be most critical is into a strong wind. A great resource to have in your armoury for such days is a punch shot, keeping the ball lower than normal, but hit with a draw which will usually result in more run once it has landed. It will help you minimise the effect of the wind and of course if you need to keep the ball low because of a hazard in front such as overhanging branches you can avoid that problem as well.

The first thing to say about a punch shot is that you would tend to take ‘’more club’’ than you would normally need for the distance you are targeting. You need to have the ball further back in your stance than normal, and certainly never in front of the mid-point in your stance. Your hands will be in front of the ball at address, and at the point of impact with more weight on the front foot. You probably do not want to use your full swing but you have taken ‘’more club’’ to counter that. A three-quarter swing back and through the ball and you should achieve the distance you want.

Set up Adjustments

In order to draw the ball you have other adjustments to make to your set up. They are slight but important changes to your normal swing and it is worth spending a little extra time getting yourself ready to play.

  • Your target line, and the one to use with your shoulders, hips and feet should be a few yards right of your ultimate target.
  • The club face needs to be straight towards the target.
  • You need to close your stance a little and can do that by moving your rear foot (right for a right-hander) back just a couple of inches.
  • It is important that you swing out to in in order to make a draw easier to achieve.

Because your feet and shoulders are parallel to the target that swing should be easier to achieve. You will not be reaching in your swing and should be able to make a solid connection.

Like every other shot in golf it is something that you have to practice. You may find that slightly strengthening your grip helps but you should never grip the club too hard.

There are times when you need to be able to draw the ball anyway. There are many dogleg holes on golf courses, sometimes to right and other times left. It means that straight shots are insufficient in order to score well. Likewise when you are playing into the elements you will need to be able to keep the ball lower than you would otherwise want to do. As you try to get your handicap down you will need to have more shots in your armoury and the low draw punch is one of them.