This year I adopted the use of my 7-iron whenever possible. I have found that I this particular club (my friend Rick uses an 8-iron with the same success) has allowed for a greater up and down percentage and lower golf scores. My ability to scramble has really increased my confidence when missing the green on approach shots; to such an extent that it is expanding into other areas of my game. And this is a good thing all around!
If you are wondering what changed to make this club so successful, it actually is something very simple. As I skim my club along the ground, I focus on making contact on the lower grooves of my 7-iron.
Making contact on the lower three grooves allows my ball to scoot a short distance on contact then roll out on my intended line. This is accomplished with very little forward press. In my case, the back of my trail hand (right hand) aligns the the back of the ball; this ensures my club is in the perfect position. I also use my putter grip to remind myself to hit the ball as hard as if I had a putter in my hand. By judging the distance required as if it was a putter stroke ensures that my ball will not roll out too far or short.
The key to this successful shot, still hinges on making contact on the lower three grooves. This is my sweet spot on my 7-iron and I worked diligently on finding it. I know when I miss this particular spot because it will feel thin or fat. Additionally, a miss hit will result in my ball the ball either rising too high in the air or bouncing off my club into the ground. It is very distinctive and hard to miss.
Chipping successfully with my 7-iron has really helped my short game this year. I continue to build on my confidence that I will be able to lower my golf scores by avoiding bogeys and doubles. All aspects of my game are connected and I am focusing on chipping at this time.
What are you focus on to build confidence?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!