Question: I started playing golf about a year now and my handicap is around +25 and under. My average driving distances around 245 yards consistently. My problem is my short game irons, especially with my 3,4,5 irons. I find it harder to hit good with these irons than my woods or the driver. I need help! Thanks, Tim
Answer: Technically the 3,4 and 5 irons are called long irons not short irons. They are the longest irons in the bag and the most difficult to hit. The have a very small club face and very little loft, so you have to strike the ball perfect at impact to hit them well.
Here are a few tips to help you with your “long irons”;
To consistently hit the sweetspot for maximum distance, you should strive to swing with a square clubface at all times. Unless, of course, you are trying to hit an intentional curve ball.
If your grip is correct, then it will be easy to return the clubface square impact. If you have a faulty grip, then the clubface cannot be squared at impact or you will have to make compensations. To determine your clubface position at address and impact, hold the club out in front of you with your left hand (if you are a right-handed golfer) so that the shaft is parallel to the ground. The leading edge should be straight up and down. Then stretch your arm out as far as possible and check the clubface. Ideally, the leading edge should stay square. If the clubface twists open or closed, then this is how the clubface will hit the ball at impact. If you continually hit shots to the right, then your clubface is open at impact. When the clubface is closed at impact your shots will shoot off to the left. Adjust your grip and setup until you achieve a square clubface.
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