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Last Updated: Nov 06, 2023

Golf Shot Types: Punch Shot

A punch shot is a partial, low golf shot that helps a golfer escape from trouble scenarios like being under or behind a group of trees.

Written By: Zach Gollwitzer

Posted in: Golf Shot Types

Tags: Beginners

Term Overview

A brief overview of the term including definition, usage, origins, helpful visuals.

definition

A punch shot is when a golfer hits a low golf shot, usually with a 4, 5, or 6 iron that helps them escape from trouble. For example, if a golfer has a tree in front of them, they may hit a punch shot to get the ball under the tree and back in the fairway.

how it's used in a sentence

I think you're gonna need a punch shot to get out of those trees!

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