This article is a follow on from a previous article called Making Solid Contact With Irons. The reason for revisiting this very important topic is because I spent many years chasing the proper ball position to set up great iron contact. It is an important skill that all amateurs should know and hone. It will save a great deal of frustration by knowing and understanding where to contact the ball with your irons.
Ultimately, consistently lower golf scores is every golfer’s goal. In my case, it has been achieved (at least to the best of my ability at this time) through education, trial and error, practice, and trail and error (no I did not make an error in my sentence structure). To shorten your learning curve as a player trying to lower your handicap, this video is a great teach aid:
My efforts to improve my contact with my irons followed the roller coaster approach. I would think I had the solution only to find out during my next round that I was still struggling. Now, I understand the concept of where to contact the ball with my club and more importantly why. If you are wondering, I tried to time my contact to hit the back to the ball and as a result, my divot was a 1/2 inch behind where it should have been. It took many swings (and a great deal of research) to find the proper ball position in order to bottom out my swing plane in front of the ball.
As my 2022 season is just starting to get underway, I will heed the above video to ensure that knock the rust off of my iron contact early in the season. If you are wondering why your iron contact is not as crisp as you hoped, you might want to do the sand trap drill outlined by Annabel Rolley.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!