How’d He Hit That: Justin Thomas’ Left-Handed Punch Out

Josh Kelley

Josh Kelley

SwingU Instructor

Welcome to this week’s episode of How’d He Hit That? where every week we take a look at an unbelievable golf shot and help you to learn how you can use that shot in your game.

This week, SwingU instructor Josh Kelley goes over a shot that is hit virtually every week on the PGA or LPGA Tour when the situation calls for it: the switch-hand punch out, which we saw pulled off to perfection this week at the WGC-Mexico Championship by Justin Thomas.

Like with all of these specialty shots, it starts on the range. We’re not talking about drilling on it for 5-6 hours a week, but at least flip the club over and hit one or two balls every session so that if the situation presents itself, you’re not out there guessing and hoping to hit it solid.

The biggest thing with this shot starts with club selection. This isn’t a shot we’re trying to replicate with our normal swing; it’s a get-back-in-play shot that we’ll want to go 100-120 yards at most. Using a pitching wedge or 9-iron, which has a wider toe than some of your longer irons, will allow for a little more room for error. 

You also need to be conscious of your setup and where your clubface is pointing were you to take a normal setup. You’ll have to manipulate your hands a bit to square the clubface at address as well as through impact. 

Being that this isn’t a natural movement for us to begin with, we don’t want to bring in an unnecessarily long swing. Start by taking a half swing and getting longer from there. 

This isn’t a shot you’ll want to hit too terribly often, but it’s a great option to have when you find yourself in some trouble. 



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