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There are two sides to this.   1.  Are you hitting it correctly?  Most don’t. 2.  The better the golfer, the more extra club low flighted shots are hit.  Especially on a day you’re not

No.  If I'm hitting a punch shot there's a reason why I'm hitting it (windy, in the trees, etc.).

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I'm with @USCHawks31. It's a shot in my repertoire, but I choose it for a specific reason. Usually that reason is wind; sometimes it's to flight a ball lower to get it to bounce up a ridge to a level I can't hold safely if I fly it there. But there's always a reason.

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I don't as I like to hit it high.  I can hit it low, but don't like to as a rule.

 

I did play a couple of rounds in Mesa are with a guy who hit everything low.  Low and solid.  He shot the easiest 65 I've ever seen.  He played nearly every day and I doubt he ever hit a shot that would clear a split level condo.

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2 hours ago, FakeClubPro said:

This would be normal course of playing and not hitting shots low when it is windy.  If so, what club do you usually use?  Any reason why you use punch shot?   I am just curious if some golfer use punch shots in their bag of tricks.

 

When balata balls were used playing "punch shots" was fairly common among the best players, mostly because its was an appropriate shot from less than ideal lies and, or, when a straight shot (little curve either way) was best . Also, it's a relatively easy shot to play during pressure situations.

 

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1 hour ago, Socrates said:

I don't as I like to hit it high.  I can hit it low, but don't like to as a rule.

 

I did play a couple of rounds in Mesa are with a guy who hit everything low.  Low and solid.  He shot the easiest 65 I've ever seen.  He played nearly every day and I doubt he ever hit a shot that would clear a split level condo.

Wow.  I would have liked to watch him do that.  I bet everything stayed in the fairway.  A lot of older guys do not have the distance but as they get older they learn to play smarter.

 

This guy is 78 and he is still hitting his 5 wood about 155.  He plays smart.  

 

 

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As a part time minimalist golfer, I find the punch shot to be invaluable.  With two or three club gaps in my setup, I am regularly between clubs on full shots, and I find it easier to punch something consistently, rather than take a lot off or really lean on one.  Of course, that assumes there are no obstacles or hazards along the way.  

 

And, like others, trees, wind, escape routes often dictate punching even with a full bag.

 

Learning to effectively punch can bring a fun and creativity to golf that are sometimes forgotten.

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One of the main guys I play with hit mostly all punch shots.  He's amazing. We drive the ball about the same distance.  125 yards.  I'll hit a high 9 iron.  He'll hit a 6 or 7 iron and punch it low with a lot of spin.  It's unbelievable how much his ball checks coming in as low as it does.  I can hit low punch shots but I can't spin them like he can.  He practices that shot a lot, though. I mean almost everyday.  Seem pretty easy on the body, too.  

When I was recovering from surgery, I hit a lot of punch shots.  Unless you're playing very hard and fast greens, it seems like a fine way to play golf.  I don't see any downsides if you're good at it.  

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I’d say 75 percent of my shots from 8-LW are punches

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Not as high a % as @cardoustie, but pretty common as well with different clubs depending on conditions maybe starting from about 120 and in.  But when I practice I'm always hitting 6/7/8 100 yards as part of trying to work on whatever and synch things up, so have gained a lot more confidence from that.  Distance/trajectory control seem to be the key.  At the Masters a few years ago, watched Spieth on the range late into the evening all alone except for his coach hitting little wedges different distances and different flights - it was fascinating. 

 

Now that I see Cardy is at at 75% and knows what he's about I may re-evaluate, lol, and think about doing it more.  Seems to free me up a little, who knows.

 

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I hit a lot of punch shots under “normal” conditions at my course. We have a lot of greens that are pitched pretty severely from back to front. High flying wedge shots have a tendency to spin back off the front of the green where punch shots give it a bounce and stop. 

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2 hours ago, FakeClubPro said:

Wow.  I would have liked to watch him do that.  I bet everything stayed in the fairway.  A lot of older guys do not have the distance but as they get older they learn to play smarter.

 

This guy is 78 and he is still hitting his 5 wood about 155.  He plays smart.  

 

 

He hit it about 250-260 off the tee and laser beam straight.  Seemed like every shot was right off the middle of the face - low and a tight spin.  Nearly made an Ace and somehow made a couple of bogies.  Thought he might have been a pro, but turned out he had worked in a mattress factory somewhere in the Mid-West and helped coach the High School golf team.  Thought it might have been a special round for him, but I played with him by chance a year or so later and it was more of the same.

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All the time! It is easier to hit it straight when you are nervous and feel like you are about to poop yourself. Easy way to take distance off a club as well, as long as it isn't a front pin. 

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4 hours ago, Socrates said:

I don't as I like to hit it high.  I can hit it low, but don't like to as a rule.

 

I did play a couple of rounds in Mesa are with a guy who hit everything low.  Low and solid.  He shot the easiest 65 I've ever seen.  He played nearly every day and I doubt he ever hit a shot that would clear a split level condo.

There is a guy in my regular group who is 73 and all of his shots are low fades that look like punch shots.  He shoots in the low 70's from the front tees.  He hits his driver about 180 or so.

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There are two sides to this.

 

1.  Are you hitting it correctly?  Most don’t.

2.  The better the golfer, the more extra club low flighted shots are hit.  Especially on a day you’re not at your best.  
 

My experience is the overwhelming majority of golfers hit short irons way too hard, with way too big of a swing and benefit from using more club and bringing the flight down.

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I wouldn't say "punch" shots, but I'd say a majority of my swings are using my "fairway finder" tempo/speed and the ball moved back a bit.  I found when working on trying to hit the ball lower on the range that I made better contact and had less sidespin.  I put it on video and while I don't rotate much at all, my rear hip does not kick out early when I deliberately try to "hit it low".  What happens is I still end up hitting it plenty high most of the time, but it's actually with better spin numbers and a lot more control. 

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11 hours ago, MonteScheinblum said:

 

My experience is the overwhelming majority of golfers hit short irons way too hard, with way too big of a swing and benefit from using more club and bringing the flight down.

 

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Punch? No

 

Flighted? Yes. 

 

When you learn to use spin and flight to control distance then you become a better player, especially into the wind.

 

Great example was yesterday. 17th hole, par 3. Front pin on the right side. Shot the distance at 172 (stock 7i). However, the shot played into a slight breeze, about half a club. Right of the pin was dead. 

 

Pulled 6i, played a 3/4 cut on a line about 10 yards left of the pin. Hit it just under the hole to about 20 feet. If  I try to pound a 7i there then it comes up short.

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In the normal course of a round I'll hit several shots that are considered by some as punchy. I'll hit most of my approach shots where I try to keep the trajectory no higher than a single story roof. 

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I like to flight the irons down when I'm 100 yds and in. Due to limited practice time I've found greater success "punching" the shot than trying to fly it the right distance. My goal is to not miss a green from 100 yards - not always successful but punch works best for me.

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To hit a punch correctly requires practice and great impact position.  It's not just hitting it low.  It's controlling the club face, spin, and trajectory.  I've always said that, of you want to see how good someone is... Have them hit full speed punch shots that curve right to left AND left to right.  

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