The punch is one of the most important shots in golf. Ian Poulter Punch Shot Video Tips will explain exactly how to play it...

Ian Poulter Punch Shot Video Tips

As I’ve already mentioned, the hybrid is one of the most versatile clubs in the bag and that includes offering the ability to play a punch. To do that you’ll need to make some small, but crucial changes at address to help you bring the initial ball flight down. here's how you do it...

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Ball position

With any club in the bag, if you want to hit a punch you need to move the ball back in your stance. The same rules apply with your hybrids and I’ll move mine back in the stance to bring down the initial trajectory of the shot. By doing this you are effectively taking loft away from the clubface.

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Grip position

The next thing you need to do is grip down the club. By doing that you are reducing the overall length of the club and that allows you to stand closer to the ball. As a result, I can get the club slightly steeper on the way back and hit down more effectively through impact, reducing the trajectory of the shot. It should feel as if you are trapping the ball through impact, creating a small divot and producing a much lower flight. By making these changes you can still get the distance you’d expect from your hybrid but from a much lower flight.

Ian Poulter: What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Titleist 915 D2 9.5˚

Fairaway wood: Titleist 915 F 15˚

Hybrid: Titleist 915 Hd 20.5 & 23.5˚

Irons: Titleist 716 CB 5 & 6-iron, Titleist 716 MB 7 to 9-iron

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 48˚, 52˚, 56˚& 63˚

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

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Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X