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You May Need Punished

Derek Highley - Sunday, August 12, 2012

One of the challenges that you have to overcome when you are practicing or learning a new golf skill is getting reliable feedback.Very often what we feel we are doing in our golf swing is not reality. Without the luxury of an instructor watching your every swing or video recording your every practice session, all you have to rely on for feedback is what your body sees and feels and unfortunately that information can be very unreliable.  A valuable tool is a good training aid that provides instant feedback.I want to introduce you to one of the best and one of the simplest that can help you improve your chipping.

Most golfers who struggle with their chipping do so because they “scoop” or “flip” the club through the impact zone making their contact very inconsistent.  They end up hitting some chips “fat” then “thinning” the next few and every once in a while they get lucky and hit a good shot.

One of the best training tools to help eliminate any scooping motion is affectionately referred to as the ‘Punisher”.The Punisher is a great teaching aid because it instant and effective feedback.The Punisher is simply an extended club and when used during a practice session it forces you to chip with proper mechanics, if not used properly it punishes you.Golf Drill - Punisher Club

I built my own Punisher by taking an old shaft and inserting in into the end of a 7 iron that I practice chipping with, effectively making the 7 iron about five feet long.The extra length of the club is what allows this training aid to provide you with instant feedback when chipping. If you don’t maintain a flat left wrist through impact, if you “flip” at the ball or if you “scoop” as opposed to strike, the butt end of the Punisher will get your attention by smacking up against your side and your ribs.

I’m sure most of you don’t have a Punisher club lying around in your garage so in the mean time you can just use two clubs, holding one shaft against the other and get the same effect. When you practice your chipping with the extended club make sure that you keep your hands ahead of the clubhead through impact, don’t let the butt end of the Punisher hit you in the side.

The Punisher is a simple, inexpensive tool that will help you quickly get rid of any scooping or flipping that you may have in your chips. Give it a try the next time you practice your chip shots.

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