‘Old British Open Shot’: John Daly Teaches the Rare Art of Hitting a Punch Shot

Published 01/11/2022, 11:46 AM EST
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA – SEPTEMBER 18: John Daly of the United States putts on the 5th green during the second round of the Sanford International Presented by Cambria at Minnehaha Country Club on September 18, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)


Later this month, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai will be underway on the beautiful island that is the current stop of the PGA Tour. The Sony Open will follow the recently concluded Sentry Tournament of Champions and will finally give way to the first event of the season for the Champions Tour. And with our veteran golfers already in the picturesque location, we have content streaming in, beginning with none other than John Daly!

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John, who is still on the high from his stunning victory at the PNC Championship, will surely play with sky-rocketing confidence. The rest of the field is still subject to change, as players have until the upcoming Friday to commit to the event. So far, seven members of the golf hall of fame have confirmed their presence.

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John Daly explains how to hit a punch shot in the wind

In a video posted by the official PGA Tour Champions Twitter page, John Daly teaches us the art of hitting a shot in the extremely windy conditions, the typical climate on the island. Looking great in his signature glamorous shorts and with his snowy hair blowing in the strong wind, the 5-time winner on the PGA tour looks all set.

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Looking at the distance to the green, he says, “Well, this is usually like a nice 9-iron or 8-iron, but the wind is blowing about 25 right now. So that 160 (yards) just went to a 190. So I’m either going to punch a 6 or a 5… Let the wind be your friend!” He proceeds to demonstrate one, extending the backswing the entire way but stopping the follow-through just halfway. “20 feet from the hole? I’ll take it!” he adds on.

“Just keeping it low and punching it, you know, and making sure it’s kind of a half follow through. For me, I gotta let that left arm go and extend the club out so I don’t pull yank it. Just let the wind ride that in,” he elaborates, giving us a vivid picture to keep in mind the next time we’re in a similar situation.

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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