Using your irons successfully in golf may be the most difficult task you can encounter. It can be hard to become proficient with your irons because you can’t use a tee in the middle of the fairway when you break them out.
The most important thing you can do as a golfer is try to make regular and consistent contact with your irons. This comes from constant practice while swinging your clubs under control. Hitting down at the ball and keeping your irons flush are key, but there are a few other things you can do to improve your iron game.
Find The Logo On Your Shirt
If you are right-handed, your stance over your ball should line it up with the logo on the left-hand side of the shirt you’re wearing. As your momentum and weight drive toward the ball on your downswing, you’ll be in a great position to hit the ball square with the club.
Your stance is vital for having success with irons. When using an iron, the middle of each foot should be directly below the shoulder. This will give you a solid foundation as you shift your body back and then through the ball.
Swing Wide To The Top
A lot of inexperienced golfers find that their arms
collapse and their hands become close to their head when swinging back. That makes it very hard to swing down at the ball. It definitely leads to hitting on the upswing. Practice making half swings and work on getting the back of your left hand (for a right-handed swinger) facing towards the target when the clubhead makes contact with the ball.
Always remember to hold the club with the bottom three fingers of your left hand. Your right hand should only slightly touch the club so it doesn’t bother your left. If your right hand is touching your left, it could also cause the club to flip upwards.
Go Down And Through It
Remember to start your downswing from the ground up and shift your weight to the left. This helps drop your hands and arms into a positive hitting position as your body rotates. A big negative for inexperienced golfers is starting down with their arms. A good approach is to lift the club a few inches off the ground with a middle iron. Then, take your normal swing. This will cause you to instinctively want to hit the club downward. If you don’t, you’ll miss the ball altogether.
One last thing you can do is take note of where your clubhead is hitting the ground. Set up the ball in relation to where the golf club is bottoming out in your practice swings.
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