Golf Iron Shots

So you want to golf 80? How are your iron shots? Everybody obsesses about how far they can drive the ball but when you think about it, driving far won’t give you a significant advantage most of the time. The shots that come after your drive are very important and need to be more precise. After all the objective is to get a tiny ball in a small hole. This is why you need to work on your iron shots, especially if you want to beat your friends at this game!

Now how do you know if you’re doing it right? How do you know if you have a good technique? Well the most obvious way to know is by asking yourself if you consistently hit the green.  If you keep getting the ball a few feet away from the pin when you’re shooting from 100 to 150 yards then you’re probably doing ok with your iron clubs.

However if this is not the case there are a few things you can evaluate. Sometimes all that is needed is more of the same, as in a little more time at the driving range to improve your aim. Some other times you need to change your technique but how can you know which one’s which?

The following are a few characteristics you want to look for when you shoot with your iron clubs. The first one is the ball trajectory. At this distance you want the ball to go up at a steep angle. The reason for this is you don’t want the ball to roll a lot after it lands. It’s hard to control where the ball will end up when it’s rolling on the ground. If you can get the ball high enough so that when it lands it doesn’t roll much then you’re heading in the right direction.

The second thing to look for in a good iron shot is the amount of force applied. Like any other golf swing, it should feel effortless. You should feel very relaxed when swinging the club. In fact, you will probably get more distance when you are relaxed than when you are tense or trying to kill the ball. Relaxing your muscles will also allow you to be more precise and get closer to the pin.

The last thing to pay attention to is the ball contact. This is probably the most exciting thing about a good iron shot. The feeling is great, that is when you kind of don’t feel anything! When you hit the ball and essentially feel no resistance at the point of impact, then you know you hit it well.

So if your iron shots are effortless with a good ball trajectory just go to the driving range, pick a target and empty as many baskets as you can. If not then look for help on improving your technique.

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