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BY CARLOS BROWN
The knockdown shot is a controlled shot. However, when I see the average golfer or even some better players hit this shot, I see them out of position at address. As a result of this, they try to use their hands to control the swing, which causes the trajectory to be inconsistent. Remember, we are trying to control the spin and trajectory of the shot, so proper setup is key!
• Take two extra clubs (your 7 if you are at your 9 iron distance)
• Play the ball two balls back in your stance from center (closer to your right foot if your right handed)
• Weight a little forward (about 60-40) and remember the grip end (handle) and shaft of the club will lean forward. This is a result of the clubhead being back in your stance and your weight is forward. Do NOT press the hands forward.
• Backswing - make a compact 3 quarter swing.
• Feel your body take the club back and through impact
• At the finish, like in your backswing, you should stop with an abbreviated swing. The club and your body should be facing the target. The ball will come out low rise a little and land.
Carlos Brown Instruction Writer for Golf Infuzion Magazine.