Fundamentals of Golf By Jack Nicklaus

Understanding the basics of golf is more challenging that we think….or is it? Jack Nicklaus, arguably the greatest golfer of all time, has a series of videos that discuss many aspects of how to play golf. His first video, which will be highlighted here today, is probably the most important of all because it sets the foundation for our natural golf swing. If you are a beginner, or even an experience player like myself, it is important to heed what Jack says because we can move to more advance aspects of the game with the proper fundamentals. And that leads to every golfers goal: lower golf scores.

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Are Long Irons Important?

Long Irons are the most misunderstood clubs in a golfer’s bag.  In some cases, these tools are dusty and look like brand new.  Most beginners look at their long irons with fear and contempt because they find them difficult to hit and very unforgiving.  Regardless of what your fears are associated with your long game; there are no secrets to success from 200 yards out.

There are many pundits who have the answers on long irons.  Some will tell you to move your hands forward, others move them back.  Experts talk about where to place the ball; forward, backward, or centre.  Even your buddies talk about swing plane, releasing your hands early, weight shift, and on and on.  Talk about white noise….please make it stop!

The basic mechanics of a golf swing are not supposed to change regardless of which club is in your hands.  Most players take that to mean that exactly everything remains exactly the same. Unfortunately, that is not true.  Using long irons is a perfect example.  Below are two short videos that focus on a couple of aspects when hitting long irons.  They advice is simple and easy to follow.

The discussion about posture and maintaining balance is very important when hitting long irons.  It is important not to over swing, but maintain your normal rhythm.

Hand placement is very important with long irons.  Most players reach when trying to hit long irons and that is a result of improper hand position.

If you are still having difficulty hitting your long irons, take the fear out of your came and consider switching to hybrids.  There are some unique advantages to hybrids over irons especially for a higher handicap player. Although I was not trying to break 100, I switched to hybrids two years ago.  This switch increased my confidence from 200 yards out and help lower my score.

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!