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Mastering The Low Draw Punch – Golf Tips From Professionals

The hallmark of a good player is the way he/she performs in tough conditions. One of the important golf strokes that every golfer must possess is the low draw punch. This shot comes in handy when playing on windy golf courses. It’s a known fact that the longer the ball stays in the air, greater is the chance of it being swayed by the wind. Luckily, in the low draw punch the ball takes a lower trajectory, lands early and covers the remaining distance to the hole rolling on the surface. Let’s see how to master this golf shot.

  • You don’t have to do anything special to hit a low draw; just adopt a straight drive setup. Pick a spot that’s a few meters to the right of the target. In the case of the left-handed players, pick a spot left of the target.

  • When addressing the ball – shoulders, hips, and feet – must be aligned parallel to the target line. The ball must be slightly forward in your stance and the club face must point towards the target.

  • We want the ball to be moved slightly back, towards your stance. You can make that adjustment by first aligning the body to the target line and then bringing the feet closer to the target line. This will have the same effect as bringing the ball slightly backward. Remember, the adjustment you make should bring the ball back just a couple of inches. As a rule, the upper half of the ball is usually above the club head. But, when playing a low draw punch, keep just one-third of the top hemisphere above the club head.

  • Ben Hogan feels that you can make changes to the swing path with minimal adjustment to your swing. This is a great idea to minimize errors. A low draw punch is best played with an in-to-out swing path. To make it happen, move your right foot two to three inches back.

  • Focus on your shoulder position before you execute the shot. The shoulders and the feet must be aligned parallel to each other. Some players align the shoulders with the target line; this will only result in an outside-to-in swing path, which you don’t want.

  • You have done everything to play a perfect low draw punch. The new ball positioning and feet movement will help you with the swing path. The ball to club face adjustment will aid in creating a solid contact. If everything goes well the ball will fly closer to the ground, few meters right of the target, draw back and then bounce and roll towards the target.