It is likely that most amateur golfers are met with varying degrees of success when hitting irons. The longer the iron, the more the challenge. I can honestly say that I switch to a 3 and 4 hybrid because of how poorly I struck my long irons. Having said that, I do work diligently on making solid contact with my 5 iron through lob wedge. I feel that with these clubs I have a better than not chance of being successful. As a follow up to yesterday’s post about my second shot, most of the time it is with an iron and as such I think it is important to dedicate some time to hitting them well.
Years ago, I found that my striking technique was incorrect. I originally tried to neutralize my arms and wrists on contact thinking this would help with distance and aim. What the result of my poor mechanics was loss of distance and inconsistency when making contact. It was frustrating until I local professional talked to me about my swing and basically reset my efforts to make solid contact with my irons.
The primary error in my game was not allowing my wrists to be ahead of the ball on impact. I was not hitting he ball first; actually, I was hitting slightly behind the ball. My poor iron technique caused several problems that were fixable. After the advice from my local professional, I have consciously worked on my iron play and feel it is coming along fine (been about 20 years in the making). However, there is always room for improvement.
I found two videos that espouse the same thing about the wrist angle. Out of the videos are three drills that might help you establish the proper wrist position on contact. Take a look:
The most obvious indicator that I am making solid contact is my divot. If it starts at or just past the ball, then I know all my swing mechanics are working. The other tool I use is my phone to take a video. This allows me to slow my swing down and analyze the various positions of my body during my golf swing. I plan on doing more videoing this year because my new golf course has a range where I can practice.
Making solid contact with our irons is important to lower golf scores and to develop strong course management skills. Having the confidence of consistently hitting solid iron shots goes a long way to playing great golf. I know that over the years, developing this skill has greatly improved my game and it all started with adopting the proper hand/wrist position on contact.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!