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The Ostrich
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Member since May 2009
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Hitting Irons Help?
So I Haven't been playing that long and was wondering if I could get some tips on what I could possibly doing wrong when swinging my Irons? When I'm playing well my Irons have definitely been the best part of my game but the last 3 or 4 times Ive played Ive struggled. When I play with my brother who knows way more about golf than I do he helps me out and I can swing them pretty well but we live in separate sates so I haven't been playing with him.

I know its probably hard to judge without seeing but here's what's been happening versus what Ive been told: So the advice my brother gave me was to get closer to the ball and not use my hips and legs as much. Try to make sure that when I swing that I'm swinging for the ball and that my divet is happening just right in front the ball rather than behind it.

I feel like I'm doing all this and my contact feels very smooth. Im getting good height and distance and its not slicing or hooking. Im right handed and the ball is flying straight in the sense that its not slicing or hooking but just always ends up left of where I'm trying to hit it. I have noticed that the mark the ball leaves on my club is sometimes a little towards the inside of the face which is probably the reason but the contact still feels smooth.

Again I know its probably hard to judge without seeing me swing but could I possibly be getting too close to the ball or even just not realizing where I'm lined up and that I'm hitting fine but just aimed to the left?


CoachChappy
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re: Hitting Irons Help?
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r even just not realizing where I'm lined up and that I'm hitting fine but just aimed to the left?

This was my problem big time. Stand behind the ball, find a spot 6" in front of the ball that lines up with the flag/green. When you step up to the ball, try to hit your ball into that spot.

this is some of the best advice the board has ever given me. It has totally changed my iron game which was atrocious. Now, it just doesn't suck.


The Ostrich
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re: Hitting Irons Help?
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This was my problem big time. Stand behind the ball, find a spot 6" in front of the ball that lines up with the flag/green. When you step up to the ball, try to hit your ball into that spot


this is exactly what I'm thinking the problem but my buddies I play with know just as much about golf as I do and we try and solve it by drinking more beer


CoachChappy
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we try and solve it by drinking more beer


That's what I'm fricking talking about

Where you located? We need to play if that's how you play golf.


The Ostrich
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re: Hitting Irons Help?
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Where you located? We need to play if that's how you play golf.


Right now in Jackson Ms, during the summer Baton Rouge. Honestly don't think I'd enjoy playing golf if I wasn't getting drunk off my arse


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TaderSalad
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re: Hitting Irons Help?
It's either your club being closed at impact but since you mentioned no movement on the ball, this is not likely to be the main cause.

Where are you playing your ball in your stance? If it's towards the front of middle on your stance, then move back to behind center and see if that doesnt help. If you've been trying to take divots, you most likely moved the ball a little more forward.

2nd thing you can try is line an alignment aid at the target (club, shaft, I bought a tomato plant stake) and square up to that. Your shaft intersection should make 4 right angles. I find that when I put to much shaft lean, I block it out right, and when not enough, I "scoop" it left. When you step into the alignment stick, clinch your glutes to make sure your hips are in line with your feet. Alot of people line everything up and dont know that their hips are open/closed. Flexing you quads/glutes will force your hips to square up to your feet. You dont hold this flexed position. You just do this to square the hips to your feet then relax back into your swinging stance. Will probably have to re-position a foot that is out sync after the flex.

Lastly, stand tall to the ball to watch the strokes fall.

Hope it helps
This post was edited on 11/10 at 3:48 pm


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Tyga Woods
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re: Hitting Irons Help?
If all is good except hitting closer to the heel and missing a little left, the lie angles could be a little too upright. Or your right hand could be too far under the club.

Get the lie angles checked and see what happens

Assuming you’re right handed
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BRgetthenet
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re: Hitting Irons Help?
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Im right handed and the ball is flying straight in the sense that its not slicing or hooking but just always ends up left of where I'm trying to hit it. I have noticed that the mark the ball leaves on my club is sometimes a little towards the inside of the face which is probably the reason but the contact still feels smooth.



Sounds like a 5yd draw.
Don’t change anything. Just set up slightly right of the target.


The Ostrich
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re: Hitting Irons Help?
Thanks for the advice, improved my shots a good bit still got some work to do though.


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mtntiger
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re: Hitting Irons Help?
Stand behind the ball. Choose your target.

Address the ball and get in your hitting stance.

From your hitting stance, rotate your head toward the target.

If you are properly aligned, you will be staring at your target.

If you aren't staring at the target, adjust and repeat head roation until satisfied with your alignment.


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Nodust
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re: Hitting Irons Help?
Lay a club down on the range. Put toes on club and hit a few balls. See where they land. That should give you a baseline of where your target should be in relation to stance.


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