There are many instructional videos out there that explain the basic movements of hitting the perfect iron shot every time. Of course, practice is the main key, but what to practice has been the topic of debate for years. Well, I came across this video by Rick Shiels that he made in 2018 that outlines four fundamental aspects of hitting the perfect iron shot that every golfer should know. Lets take a look.
Before we take a look I want to stress that none of Shiels’ tips are mutually exclusive. To hit the perfect iron shot, all golfers have execute them to one degree or another. Here we go:
My greatest challenge when hitting irons is my tendency to creep my ball forward with my short iron. This error causes a shot to be left of my aim point and a thicker divot than expected (hitting them fatish). I know this is a swing fault and focus early at the range about ensuring that my ball position matches the iron in hand. It is easily fixed if I am paying attention.
Lastly, hitting the perfect wedge is critical to scoring low. Billy Horschel’s lob wedge drill is perfect and something I have used in the past. His ability to zero in on his yardage given a specific swing technique every time is brilliant. I actually know my distances for all four of my wedges. Do you?
With my new irons, both Shiels and Horschel’s drills will help improve my ball striking so I can hit the perfect iron shot every time. I understand that it will take a bit of practice (actually lots of practice), but it will be well worth the time spent of preparation.
What do you think about Shiels and Horschel’s views on how to hit the perfect iron shot?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!