Knock Down / Punch Shot

A punch or knock-down shot is one with a low trajectory, that is employed when hitting into the wind or in order to avoid hitting the ball into overhead obstructions. This stroke is achieved by keeping the weight forward and the hands ahead of the clubhead through impact.

Did you know?

A Knock Down shot can be used anywhere and with any club. It is especially favorable with firm ground conditions to run the ball onto the green.

What you need to know: A Knock Down shot requires specific Set-Up and Release Swing Elements. Playing the Ball Position Back and Release the Hands And Arms are key to performing this shot effectively.


  • How do I hit the punch shot?  Knockdown shots are typically played with the ball farther back in the golfer’s stance, with a shorter backswing and shorter follow through, and with a less lofted club. Learn more.
  • Is it only suitable in windy conditions? No, you can use the punch shot in any playing conditions.