How to hit pure, flush golf iron shots
Have you ever struck a golf iron shot right off the toe and watched it land 30 metres short of your target?
Or, experienced the humiliation of hitting inches into the ground before the ball and watching your ball trickle half way to the green?
Maybe you’ve even watched in horror as your golf ball flies over the green out of bounds after another thinned or “knifed” shot has gone goes horribly wrong?
If either of these sound like you then your golf iron shots are in desperate need of attention.
The good news is any golfer of any ability can learn how to hit solid, crisp golf iron shots with the right instruction.
But first you need to understand why most golfers struggle to make consistent, pure contact with their irons.
90% of golfers hit their golf iron shots like this
In an effort to get the golf ball into the air most golfers try to ‘lift’ or ‘scoop’ at the golf ball.
You will likely find your right hand (right hander) dominates the downswing and comes underneath the left hand too quickly resulting in the scooping or lifting movement.
This usually results in a thin or fat golf iron shot that lacks accuracy and distance.
Two outcomes will usually happen and that’s a shot that flies over the back of the green into more trouble or it comes up way short and you’re faced with a 30 metre pitch or even a long range bunker shot.
Neither one of these positions is desirable!
What most golfers don’t realise is that the head of a golf iron is designed to be hit in a descending motion to promote optimum power and trajectory.
So if you strike the ground first and then the ball in an upward motion, 9 times out of the 10 it will result in inconsistent contact.
Ideally, you want to be hitting the golf ball first and then the ground which produces those penetrating golf shots you see the professionals hitting on television.
Simple solution for hitting pure golf iron shots
We know that we don’t want to be lifting or scooping our iron shots and that we should be hitting on a more descending arc through the golf ball.
But how do we actually do that?
6 keys to remember for pure golf iron shots
- Shift your weight to the front leg on the downswing with your leg and shoulder right on top of each other.
- Practice making half golf swings and work on getting the back of the left hand (right hander) facing towards the target when the clubhead makes contact with the golf ball.
- Hold the golf club predominantly with the bottom 3 fingers of the left hand.
- The right hand should just be lightly touching so it doesn’t push against the left and cause the golf club to flip upwards.
- Post impact your left hand should naturally roll closed and your right hand will end up on top.
- Practice 200 repetitions to get the move ingrained in your muscle memory.
Another great way to improve your striking of golf iron shots it to identify where you club is bottoming out in the swing arc.
That means where is the clubhead striking the ground so that you can position the ball and yourself to ensure you’re in the best position to make solid contact with the golf ball.
Here’s another great video that shows a simple drill where you’ll learn how to find your sweet spot in the golf downswing to ensure solid impact is achieved every time.
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3 keys to better iron shots
- Practice making one handed swings with your left hand only
- Take note of where the clubhead is hitting the ground
- Set up to the golf ball in relation to the where the golf club was bottoming out in your practice swings
Ernie Els solution to pure golf iron shots
By implement the above drills you should be hitting a lot more solid golf iron shots.
However, 4-time major winner Ernie Els has some additional great advice that will help you control the downswing and hit better iron shots.
Ernie’s key to hitting the golf ball consistent and solid is to maintain a connected downswing that strikes the golf ball at just the right time.
In this video he explains he consistently how he hits pure golf iron shots.
Ernie says the key is keeping the angle between the left wrist holding the club and the distance from the shoulder.
He calls this ‘maintaining the box’.
The key is to maintain this angle until you reach the bottom of the golf swing when you reach the rear leg.
From there the release takes over and you can really drive through the golf ball with maximum power.
The 3 keys to Ernie’s pure golf iron shots:
- Maintaining the box keeps the golf swing totally connected and results in purer contact with the golf ball
- Keeping this angle also creates lag in the golf swing. Lag generates clubhead speed which in turn creates more power leading to more distance.
- Helps you stay in the shot longer which is an attribute of golf’s greatest players such as Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
So if you’re struggling with making solid contact on your golf iron shots give this a try.
It’s most likely you’re not maintaining the angle and coming out of your shots too early.
Or, you could do what I did and learn a simple method that even high handicappers can master to hit flush golf irons shots with the Perfect Impact System.
This is what I did and it really works.
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