I want to discuss the knockdown shot. In particular, we're going to talk about two different types of knockdown shots right now. Which one you choose, I don't care. I use both, and it really depends on the situation. The first one, all I'm going to do is I'm going to take and close this club face. That's going to produce more of a hook, but to counter offset that, I'm going to aim my body to the right, and I'm going to move the ball back in my stance. Now the key to a knockdown shot is keeping your weight forward. As I keep my hands and weight forward here, I'm then going to again, the second key component of a knockdown is having a low finish.
The first knockdown which I learned in West Texas where it was really windy, I'm going to shut the face. This is going to produce a low flight. It's going to cause the ball to draw, but again I aim my body right, put the ball back, shut the face and then swing that way, and it produces a low draw. That's a great way to cheat the wind. The second knockdown that we're going to do here is really the whole mantra of swing easy when it's breezy. When I put my weight back, and I hit down on this ball hard it creates a lot of backspin. Unless you're shutting the face down by putting the ball back and hitting down on it hard, it's going to put more spin, cause the ball to rise.
All I'm going to do here is I'm going to take what I feel is like a half swing. Now in this case I've got a seven iron. This is probably only going to go 140 yards into the wind that we're experiencing today. I put the ball slightly back, weight slightly forward. All I do is I make a half swing, try not to use as much wrists and a shorter follow through, so just like this. It's a shot that's going to fly a little bit higher, but I try not to use wrists. I'm going to make my swing a little bit wider, weight is a little bit left and a lower finish. Those are really the two types of knockdowns that you can do. You can shut the face like I used in West Texas and really hit that low beater in there where it's a draw, or you can put the weight a little bit forward, no wrists on the back swing and make a smooth swing. Swing easy when it's breezy, that kind of mantra. Those are the knockdowns that you need to have, and you need to have both to be able to play effectively in the wind.<