How To Hit A Knock Down or Punch Shot

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

14 Responses to “How To Hit A Knock Down or Punch Shot”

  1. June 14, 2012


    On the knock down shot, do you still feel that the lower body triggers the downswing even though the arms are more active than normal?

    • I am not feeling the lower body triggering the downswing. I am feeling the arms hitting the ball. I know the lower is moving in my swing. Keep in mind you are trying to hold the angle past impact so you need to activate the arms so the club does not re-hinge. Plus, you should be picking the club up in the backswing to create a more vertical backswing. In doing so, you activate the arms as well. You should have the weight on the left foot so a weight shift is not necessary.

  2. Paul,I hadn’t seen this interesting video before .The “PUNCH SHOT “is a shot I utilize very often when I have strayed my TEE shot or fairway shot in the trees ,and I have to get out between trees close together and with low limbs ahead .Having not seen this video before ,I Play it a bit differently :I grip down half way down the handle ,I swing from 9 O’Clock to 3 OClock,and I don’t change the position of the hands ( I keep my usual grip ).It works .I’ll try your technique NeXT Time ,it seems safer.,especially when the tree limbs ahead are low.
    CAN you Play the KNOCKDOWN with a low lofted Hybrid ?
    BEN HOGAN could Play a low knock-down to the Green with an amazing r

    • Raymond,

      Definitely do the grip. This guarantees a descending blow.

      Not sure if you can do it with a hybrid as I have never tried. I would think it will work because these clubs have enough loft to still get it airborne. Any less loft and I think it would come out too low. Give it a try.

  3. August 18, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    I am able to hit the knockdown shot as per your video. With my normal shots I can hit my 7 iron about 155 yards but with this knockdown shot, I am not getting the desired distance? or is it suppose to go way shorter than the normal shots. TQ.


    • August 19, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      You should hit it about the same distance because you are de-lofting the club about 2 clubs. I would think you are not good at it and possible taking too short a backswing. This is not an easy shot so keep working on it. Once you get it look for it to go the same distance. Also, keep in mind I wouldn’t be knocking it down with more than about a 6 iron. 2 clubs less is a 4 iron. Once you get less than this it is going to be tough to get it airborne.

  4. November 2, 2014


    Good explanation. This was my go to and only consistent shot when I was an all arms swinger. My question is should I stop choking down slightly, and hitting one club stronger for the same distance as a regular shot would get; or retain those two features an not push my hands and shaft so much ahead of the ball. Thanks for the help on this Paul.

    • November 4, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      It really depends on how much you de-loft the club and/or how much backswing you do. I usually take one more club because I am hitting this shot when I’m into the wind or had a bad lie. It is just practice and you will get a feel for whether you need and extra club or not. I would think you would.

  5. Paul ,Would you use this Knock down shot with the ball in the rough ,lying low .
    Could you demonstrate to us how to hit a ball in the rough ,lyng low ,lying high up ,when the rough is either dry or wet ?
    Ther was this kind of shot from the rough in the 2016 ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL (TROY MERRTT or KEVIN CHAPMANN ) which decided on the outcome on the second shot on the 18th hole ;JASON DAY won on this last hole ,he hit his ball from the rough into one of the left bunkers ,while KEVIN CHAPMAN (or TROY MERITT ) could only move up his ball out of the rough ,not getting onto the green :he then lost to JASON DAY who came out of the bunker all right and holed his put.

    • March 23, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      It’s hard to get out on our course and we don’t have super long rough all of the time. Plus, it rarely rains.

      There is no secret to hitting from long rough. Yes, play it back. If it is really long take a Sand wedge and chop it out. If it is light rough open the face and it will come out.


      Hit From Light Rough:

  6. September 6, 2018


    Does practicing this shot help my normal swing in any way?

    Rick R.

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      September 7, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      No. This is a specialty shot. I warn people not to hit too many of these as they may mess up your real swing. Just do about 20 if you go out to hit balls. Then work on your swing. If you do this over time you will have hit enough of them to learn it.

  7. November 4, 2018

    Steven Seely

    So, with this shot, you activate the arms to accommodate the forward hands and strong grip. IF you hook the ball, what is the cure?
    I’m comfortable with this shot, but fight to keep it straight. Any suggestions? Thanks. SS

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      November 6, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, you would be feeling your arms because you are trying to not release it.

      If you pull or pull hook your hands are not ahead enough at impact. Don’t I say this in the video? I think so.

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