As per previous years, I go through a lull in my iron striking ability until I am able to correct the my errors. I have a pretty good understanding on where my challenges lie, so that will help speed up my correction curve. I am pretty confident that you most of you are saying that if I this happens every year, why not head it off at the pass. Well, the challenge is that I never know exactly when my contact woes will show up, so trying to fixing something prematurely has never worked for my game. The best I can do is be aware that my iron play challenges is coming and be prepared.
My first ‘tell’ that my iron play will need attention is where I am contacting the ground with respect to ball. This is causing my clubs to land 5 to 10 yards from my target distance. At this time I am hitting behind the ball about a half to full inch. That is an easy fix and I will focus on ball position tomorrow.
Next, my ball flight is not as high as I want in order to take advantage of the angle of attack on my approach shots. I purposely purchased my Muzino MP 20 irons for this exact reason. Not hitting the ball high enough is usually caused by not staying in my swing. I am popping out too quick and hence delofting my irons. This challenge is fixed by keeping my head still to a count of one after contact. I rarely hook or slice my irons so there is no hurry to transition to my follow through because my ball generally goes in the direction that I am aiming.
Lastly, I will transition to focusing on where my ball is making contact on the club face. This particular issue is a bit challenging because I need to go to the range to working on this particular skill. With golf just starting, my time at the range has been a grand total of zero times. That will change in the future as my season progresses.
For those who are interested on how to make solid contact with their irons, then I suggest you watch this video. It provides a very good overview of what to expect:
I expect that my iron shots will be better tomorrow now that I am focused on making solid contact with my irons. I am going to make two intentional actions: first, take a practice swing with my club to see where my club touches the ground and then set up at that point; second, I keep my head still through the entire swing motion. If I can keep these corrections at the forefront of my iron play, I am thinking that I will make solid contact moving forward.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!