For the greater part of the season, I have struggled (to my expectations) hitting my irons. However, the past two rounds I seem to have found my old magic. I am hitting crisp clean irons that are flying on line. As I walked (yes walked) nine holes yesterday, I finally noticed two things I had overlooked for months. With two minor adjustments, I was back to my previous form!
I cannot believe I could not figure it out earlier. I guess I messed with too many things early in the season and I finally righted the ship. Let me tell you, I wish there were months left of golf because I am ready to play with renewed enthusiasm.
The first change I did was: stop hooding my irons. My set up was poor and I was closing the club face. For the life of me I do not know how this happened, but it was happening. How I noticed that I was hooding my irons was quite simple. I was at the range at the North Bay Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. We had to use mats on the range that were damp. So, when I hit my first ball it left a path I used for my second shot. When I looked down, my club face was closed. After a quick readjustment, I was hitting my irons straight, high and to distance.
The second minor change was to keep my head still and focused on the point of contact longer than normal. I noticed on the range that I was popping my head up just a bit quick, so focusing at bit longer at the spot where the ball was and letting my right shoulder move my head up made a huge difference. This minor change allowed my body to finish its swing in the proper position resulting is crisp, consistent contact.
Now that I have figure out my iron challenges, I hope to continue this success for the rest of the year. I quickly regained my confidence and looking forward to having an iron in my hands to help me lower my golf scores.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!