Share this Page
A good iron shot may include a divot after your shot. When hitting the ball, players should hit the ball, then the ground. For example, when you hit the ball with an iron, the divot should always be created from the front of the ball on the target side.
If you create a divot from behind the ball, you mis-hit the ball. The divot ensures you are hitting the ball, then getting under the ball by lifting a divot from the grass.
To attain full extension, you must complete your backswing with the club face coming above your head through downswing and take-through with the club finishing over your shoulder. To understand this, go to the practice range and try hitting a few balls with the backswing going no higher than your waist.
You can't effectively scoop a shot and lift it with what is in essence a half-swing. So, by getting complete extension you'll be able to lift the ball and provide power. Shaping an iron is the ability to move the shot where you want to, such as a fade or a draw. To shape a shot, you'll open and close your club face by adjusting it to angle left or open to the right.
Your swing tempo should be relaxed and smooth and after practice you'll be able to move your ball to the desired location. A grip for iron shots should include a sequence of steps. For irons, grip the club in unison with both hands. Your arms will form a V to your shoulders. If you struggle with a wild front knee left , and many golfers do, consider this simple tip. With either a broom handle-sized stick or a golf shaft, address a ball as you normally do, but with the stick inserted into the ground along the outside of your forward leg.
Now, take the club back as usual and pause at the top of your backswing. As you initiate the downswing, do so in slow motion and concentrate on not allowing your forward knee to protrude beyond the stick. Continue making slow downswings until you feel comfortable making a downswing without jutting your knee forward.
This will help you get a feel for what it means to turn toward the target as opposed to sliding toward the target on the downswing. In time, this drill will make you a much more consistent player, and maybe help with some added distance as well. Head behind the ball, hips open and the forward arm, leg and shaft stacked over the golf ball—this is where you want to be at impact.
Alas, the moment of truth. This position requires a full release of the wrists and a straight line drawn over the forward leg, left arm and the club as if all these elements are stacked over one another. Most of my weight has already transferred to the forward foot at this point, and because of my solid left side and the momentum created by my body and arms, my wrists have no choice but to unhinge directly over the golf ball.
A common misconception among amateur players is that the impact position should resemble the setup position at address. After all, everything is lined up perfectly at address, so the impact position should be the same, right? As you can see by the correct impact position shown, my hips are open, my weight has transferred to my forward foot, and my rear shoulder is considerably lower than my forward shoulder. This is a very different pose from the static, balanced position at address.
Unlike the driver, your irons should never approach the ball on an ascending arc. Most irons require a descending blow, which means the lowest part of the swing arc is reached after you make contact with the golf ball. If you tend to catch the ball fat or thin, consider cocking your wrists sooner on the backswing to steepen your arc immediately and help you obtain that crisp contact we all want, especially with the shorter irons. With longer irons, allow for a slower wrist cock. Notice the difference in the two photos to the right?
Everything is the same except for the release of the hands. The photo to the immediate right shows too much hand release and wrist breakdown, while the one above is evidence of a more stacked position at impact. The correct finish ends with the body weight primarily on the front foot, the club behind you, and your head, chest and belt buckle facing the target. You should be balanced and able to hold this position indefinitely.
From a solid finish position, you can determine two things: Hit an iron shot and purposely hold your finish. Then, retrace your swing in reverse, all the way through the downswing, to the top position, the takeaway and back to the address position. Please sign in to comment. Rick C Apex, NC. January 25, at January 26, at January 27, at The first two are obvious in the description, but the go left is referring to your hands. Leaning on the shot will help you come from the inside more and if you don't finish all the way through to the left, you will end up pushing your shot.
When the first assistant first introduced this to me its initial intention was to use it for wedge shots only to develop a better impact position. Now I occasionally use it on anything from a 6-iron to a wedge. It has improved my yard in game dramatically. Give it a try Dave. Joe M Lincolnton, NC. February 14, at This will force you to stay "down and through" the shot. The deepest part of your divot should be at least 2 inches in front of the ball, this ensures that you are hitting the ball first and then the ground.
Your ball position will move forward as you use longer clubs, this will also teach you proper position for all of your wedges and irons, and help your swing plane. If you hit the outside tee, your coming over the top. The inside tee, then your too flat.
On uphill lies you'll have to move it forward of normal, and back for downhill. If you do this and pick the ball clean without hitting the tees, I wouldn't worry about it. Tom Watson has had a great career picking it clean! You don't have to take divots to be a good ballstriker.
Hit 4 or 5 balls that are just ahead of your front foot. Don't worry where they go. Just keep at it until you start making solid contact. You will find that to hit a ball in this abnormal position you really have to shift your weight forward in the down swing. Then place a ball in the normal address position and hit it. You should hit this ball with the proper swing path.
Taking a deep divot in front of the ball or very little to none is Ok. Taking a divot behind the ball is a death move. February 25, at