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GEAUX5
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Louisiana
Member since Aug 2014
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Long iron struggles

I have a big inability to hit my 4 or 5 iron on a consistent basis. I don’t know if it’s mental or if i’m trying to put too much power into the swing instead of letting the club do the work.

Anybody got any tips or “tricks” to improve the long iron game?


barry
Cincinnati Fan
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A really wide array of issues could be in play here. Where is your miss? I would leave my clubface open big time, shortening my backswing on my 4iron helped me close it.


Scottforeverlsu
Member since Nov 2016
768 posts

Hybrids


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GEAUX5
USA Fan
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2014
5072 posts

My miss is always a bad slice.

There’s a couple times I can hit them good, but most the time it turns into a bad slice.
This post was edited on 6/16 at 3:10 pm


Naked Bootleg
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Member since Jul 2021
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Try waiting as long as possible to hinge your wrists on the backswing. Sweep it back and don't start hinging your wrists until it feels like they're chest- or shoulder-high.

I had this same problem for a long time, don't know where I got this same tip but it helped me tremendously
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CoachChappy
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if i’m trying to put too much power into the swing instead of letting the club do the work.


This is my problem when I hit a bad 4i. If the 4i doesn’t go 220, don’t try to hit it 220. Simple thought but tough to do


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Tyga Woods
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Make sure you aren’t coming out of posture/standing up in transition


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RobNation
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Try moving the ball more forward in your stance if you're already not doing that


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sdw1002
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Think of it like you are swinging a short iron and don't try to overpower it just because it is supposed to go further. This helped my game tremendously several years ago.


Steve Janowski
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Member since Mar 2018
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My miss is always a bad slice

It is probably too far up in your stance. Put the ball between your left nut and left heel. If that doesn't work I would hit a hybrid. Because if you move the ball back in your stance that's what a hybrid is designed to do.


barry
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My miss is always a bad slice.


That makes sense as that's common. The issue with long irons is a longer shaft which makes it more difficult to get the club face back around and closed. I think shortening your backswing should help. I also agree with other people that lots of folks will try to swing harder on their long irons because you think i need to hit it far vs shorter irons that you are trying to be accurate.


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BMoney
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Try moving the ball more forward in your stance if you're already not doing that


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It is probably too far up in your stance.


I love this board.


Higgysmalls
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I got a 1 iron in my bag. Learn to hit it and you won’t have 4 and 5 iron problems


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bopper50
LSU Fan
Sugarland Texas
Member since Mar 2009
7308 posts

I've given up on 3-4 irons.

All that I do is hit low screaming hooks with them.

I can adjust my 22 hybrid to cover the distances with a straight and high shot.


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TaderSalad
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I put the ball where I would for a hybrid. Just a touch behind fairways. Then put the same swing on it. The extra length will make up the swing speed.


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makersmark1
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Anybody got any tips or “tricks” to improve the long iron game?


Switch to hybrids.

I’m not good enough to hit long irons.


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BengalBlood81
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2014
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Yup. I think letting the club head catch up with your swing is the key. Tempo is your friend. Don’t slow down, but rather keep the same tempo from backswing through the ball.


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Front9Bandit
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Anybody got any tips or “tricks” to improve the long iron game?


Hit the gym and improve your swing speed


GEAUX5
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Louisiana
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I bet you’re fun to hang out with as you have no idea of my age and physical appearance.


Warfarer
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Dothan, AL
Member since May 2010
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The problem with a question like this on a forum is there could be a hundred problems and even more solutions. Hell, it could be that his shafts are a little weak with too much torque and when he gets into longer irons it really leaves it back. We are just guessing unless we see it and can pinpoint an issue.

Is this issue persistent into a driver also?

Do you play a fade in your shorter irons and it gets worse the longer the club?

Where does your miss hit the club face? What is the flight height? Low heel will produce a low spiny slice most of the time, something simple like sliding half a ball farther from the ball may help be a fix.
This post was edited on 6/19 at 11:48 am


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