Save Your Round with the Knock Down

The knock down swing is short, tight, and compact...it's a life saver!

Hey, Quite The Chap here for GolfersRX. You’ve had that round. I’ve had that round. The pros have had that round. How do you save that round before you get the urge to snap every club in your bag…in today’s video, you can save your round with the knockdown.

Your blood is pumping, and your mind is racing. The shafts on your wedges look like they can be snapped like toothpicks. You’re having one of those rounds. We’ve all had them. How do you save it? 1) don’t break your clubs. That’s a no-no. 2) rely on your knockdown. A swing that’s not long and loopy and full of shanks and pulls. It’s the counter… it’s tight and compact. And it’s going to help in a pinch.

How do we scrape through the last 6 holes…

– choke down on your grip
– line up to your target with a slightly open stance
– position the ball towards the middle of your stance
– put your hands slightly ahead of the ball
– make a 3/4 swing
– with an abbreviated follow-through

 Save Your Round with the Knock Down Golf Shot

This is going to do a couple of things:
– obviously, it’s going to shorten your swing…less room for error
– having the ball back in your stance is going to help you make contact with the ball before the ground
– having your hands lead the clubface through the ball should help keep your clubface square at impact

The knockdown golf shot. It’s your life raft when the seas get choppy. When everything around you gets loopy and loose, you have a tight, compact round saver. And you’d be amazed at how far you can hit a choked down, 3/4 swing. When you start hitting the ball out of the center of the face…it goes.

Tight. Compact. You can save your round with the knockdown, maybe your life.

Until next time, please keep it simple.


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  1. scott

    December 1, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    great stuff colby love your 60’s

    • Craig

      May 26, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      Great advice. Works for shanks too!

    • Arlene Deardorff

      August 22, 2021 at 6:20 pm

      I always love your short videos to keep it simple. My game has gone up a notch because of your videos.

  2. Gary Werner

    January 5, 2021 at 8:00 am

    I love your videos. They cover ALL the problems that we’ve ALL had in a short, succinct format. Keep ’em coming!

  3. Bob Dodds

    January 18, 2021 at 5:23 am

    At my age, one minute of instruction is about all I can handle anymore so I love your quick, on the spot, demos.

  4. Scott Mahrenholz

    January 18, 2021 at 5:31 am

    Colby, your video’s are short, precise, very helpful and funny for us hackers. Great job, Scott Mahrenholz

  5. Bob Kapp

    January 18, 2021 at 5:45 am

    Colby, you’ve done it again. A great tip that doesn’t require rebuilding my grip, my swing, my stance, my… my gosh, you’re great.

  6. M Joe Smith

    January 18, 2021 at 5:49 am

    Love the Doc RX, great information always spot on. Thank you.


    January 18, 2021 at 5:57 am

    Your clips are ace, keep it up

  8. Tom

    January 18, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Good video. What is the purpose of the slightly open stance? Thanks!

  9. David Bloom

    January 18, 2021 at 9:24 am

    A great idea. Especially during the cold, winter months. Thanks

  10. Steve

    January 18, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Short, concise and practical. Thanks for the many shot saving tips and technique.

  11. Craig Cline

    January 18, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Excellent tip, and I enjoy your light and humorous approach, Colby. Thanks!

  12. Jim Sleeper

    January 18, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Love the quick problem solvers…love the personality…love the outcome!

  13. Bill Seres

    January 18, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I look forward to getting your videos. I do try many of the tips you show and always try to “keep it simple”! Keep the videos coming and don’t lose the humor.

  14. Randy Krause

    January 18, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    great videos just right amount of information, not to complicated to follow

  15. Bill Brott

    January 19, 2021 at 9:48 am

    This is great advice, and I use something similar when it all falls apart on windy days, I swt the ball mack just a tad more and club up 1. Sure is helpful. Same grip, same 3/4 swing.

  16. ALAN H

    February 21, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Colby, you can make this hacker feel normal and allows me to believe I may even have a chance at breaking 90. And you do keep things simple! Thanks for our wisdom, good humor, and positive disposition!

  17. Bill

    May 25, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Love the lightness of your instruction. What am I working on? I am 74 plus. Have gained about 15 pounds, mostly in my gut. Have troubles with my balance thru the swing. Help?! Bill Langan

  18. Skip Behney

    May 25, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Love the videos. Very informative but I still can’t stop snap hooking it. May have to rely on the knock down more often.

    Thank you

  19. Tom G

    May 25, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Love the tip!! How much distance do you lose? 35%, 45%

  20. BA

    May 26, 2021 at 7:19 am

    When I make an effort to keep my hands ahead of the club face for a knock-down the ball always goes right (I am righthanded) of my target. This must mean the face is still open. Should I open my stance more or will that cause a pull-fade.

  21. Jay Landry

    May 27, 2021 at 4:32 am

    Colby you have help so much to improve my game with your short videos. I’ve never taken a golf lesson and I’m at a 16 handicap. I’m 67 and started playing when I was 40.

  22. Forbes Anderson

    June 1, 2021 at 5:38 am

    Love your videos.

    I would love to see one on keeping your posture while hitting the driver. This is my BIG issue. I don’t do it with the irons but I do with the driver. I guess I’m trying to hit it long like I use to.

  23. John Despres

    July 22, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Like your videos. But, would like to know how, or where, to get the skeleton golfer hat you wear.


  24. Robert Rodriguez

    July 26, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Keep up with your great,easy,short drills

  25. Ian HALL

    July 30, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Short, sweet and to the point, and easy to watch on a regular basis.
    Golden nuggets that I need to be reminded of. Love the entire series that I have seen this year.

  26. Charlotte Braun

    July 30, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Great advice. I can really use this!!!!!!

  27. Donald Lipp

    July 31, 2021 at 4:44 am

    Ah yes I’ve done that a time or two! Love the lessons doctor keep them coming. Thanks!

  28. Gene Watson

    July 31, 2021 at 5:41 am

    I watch every single episode and often more than once. Thank you so much Doctor! 😎

  29. Garry Oskamp

    July 31, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Hello Quite-the-Chap,
    I’m an ex-college player.
    I haven’t played for oh…50 years or so!
    (I’m 74.)
    I picked the game back up a few years ago with a friend.
    Your tips remind me of how much I’ve forgotten.
    My skills are not what they once were.
    Yesterday, I went 4-over.
    I was thrilled.

  30. Bradley Hoekstra

    August 1, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Looking for tips on aiming lessons. Through a lot of your 1 minute lessons I have seen my scores dropping this season with more consistent solid contact. My struggle right now is that 180-200 yard in shot to hit the center of the green. Typically finding myself either right or left requiring a chip shot on to try and save par with a one putt

  31. Daniel Kostka

    August 22, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Great job Colby! Short and sweet and to the point .

  32. John J Reed

    September 3, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    As always with you, Colby … your messages are short … sharp … uncomplicated … and focussed on the issue!

    They are always value for my game!

    So please keep ’em coming, mate … I love them!

  33. Bob Doige

    September 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Hi, I have real troubles with hitting off uneven lies, could you address that

    Bob Doige

  34. Louise Knight

    September 8, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Your videos have saved me from snapping all my clubs on many occasions. Still struggle with swaying. I think I am unintentionally trying to protect a back issue. Any suggestions?

  35. Lawrence A Zeff

    November 25, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Great Advice. I will use this advice the next time I play.

  36. George A Carpenter

    March 12, 2022 at 11:14 am

    In selecting a club for a knock down shot, what distance should one expect vs. a full swing shot, say 2/3 of the distance and 1/3 roll?

  37. Don

    March 13, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Good morning Colby,
    I just looked and I have 2065 of the GolfersRX tips in my email
    files and have gotten some really good tips from them and gone back and re-read them.

    I have 1 request though, PLEASE move the “Follow us on Instagram” poster to up beside Subscribe on YouTube and out of the screen.

  38. Andre Gelinas

    May 8, 2022 at 8:05 am

    Hi Colby!

    Easy to understand and to practice! Very effective.


  39. Robert Roche

    May 31, 2022 at 9:00 am

    I enjoy your videos. Keep them coming. Would like to see videos on hitting the ball while on an upslope, focusing on how to do an effective weight transfer and hitting a ball while it’s above your feet (sometimes while on an upslope). Thanks.

  40. Jeffrey Gilliam

    August 2, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks again and again…This shot has saved my a__ many times.
    Love all your tips.

  41. Rich in Florida

    August 16, 2022 at 10:12 am

    I have the putting yips.
    I’m not sure there is a cure short of a frontal lobotomy.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Love your series

  42. Anton Banham

    September 23, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I have problems with my Woods and Hybrids, I think I try to hit them too hard and the consequence is I rotate to much and hook the shot how can I be more consistent with these clubs


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