3 Main Reasons You Strike Your Irons Poorly

It looks effortless when watching the top professionals strike their irons and sounds so pure as a huge divot fly’s down the fairway. But how do they do it?

Well there are lots of factors when it comes to purring your irons but I have decided to show you 3 main reasons we see golfers struggle to get this illusive strike.

1. Concept

Concept is key! If you have the wrong concept or image in your mind of how to play the shot then you are going to produce that image when it comes to the motion. We still see lots of golfers trying to help the ball in the air with their irons and when we ask them where the divot should start they often say before the golf ball and we also hear comments like “I didn’t get under that one”. This really shows that many golfers have a poor concept of what they actually need to do to play the shot successfully.  

Understand that the loft is there to produce the height on the shot, our job is to get it moving forward, hopefully towards the target.  The majority of the divot will be after the golf ball and to do this, the club head is travelling down when we strike the ball. This coupled with a centered hit is what produces that sweet sound and pure strike.

This mental image now allows you to produce a better motion and move closer to those tour pro’s!

2. “Open Club-Face”

The club-face is largely responsible for the starting direction of the golf ball, therefor has a huge influence on the rest of the golf swing. This links “faults’ 2 and 3 closely together.

 If the club-face gets “open” during the golf swing then we have to make compensations to try and square it up at Impact. This often results in a poor downswing sequence, a quiet lower body and even poor shaft lean at impact. These all contribute to the club “bottoming” out too early resulting in a poor strike.

 

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Poor wrist angles at the top of the swing are a common one that we see among golfers. When the lead wrist gets too “cupped”, the club-face can open and the toe will hang too much down.  It becomes very difficult to create a good down swing sequence from here so it is a great “position” for you to check in the mirror or on video.

Look at creating a more “neutral” lead wrist at the top of the backswing so that the club-face at least matches the lead arm (if not slightly stronger). This alone will now give your body a reason to move without the need for compensation and makes it far easier to deliver to club to the ball with a slight downward hit.

This moves now perfectly to our final fault.

3. Hanging Back 

This is one of our most common “swing faults’ we see as coaches and it’s basically leaving too much weight on the trail leg at impact, and as we mentioned in fault 2, your club face plays a huge part in helping that weight shift.

When it comes to starting downswing, we want the body to move laterally towards the target and rotate so that at Impact the majority of weight is on the lead leg. As you can see from the image, the whole of my lead side is nicely in line. This again helps the golf club bottom out after the golf ball. If you can see daylight between the line and your body then you are considered to be “hanging back”  making it hard to get that ball-turf strike from there.

If you have any questions please post them in the comments below.

 


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  1. Evan barnett

    It seems like when I hit down on the ball the club seems to turn in my hand
    And I don’t seem to hit the ball crisp. Any suggestions?
    Thanks Evan

    1. Andy

      Hi Evan. If you feel the club turn in your hand then it means that you are not hitting the centre of the face an that causes the face to twist. Our advice is not to try and hit down as this can cause …

  2. Anthony6amc

    Hey guys, I’ve taken up stretching and yoga lately in order to help with my flexibility. I’ve found that it’s helped a lot. I saw your post on Instagram regarding your waist and shoulder angles at the…

    1. Piers Ward

      Hi Anthony great question, ok so if you’re eyes are coming off the ball then it will definitely be the upper body turning too much and it is possible it could be because the hips are turning too much …

  3. Mike Sheedy

    I joined Me and My Golf this week and paid w/ master card i have not seen a confirmation. Please look into this. I see theirs no phone number listed. can you provide me w/ one? Thanks

    1. Andy

      Hi Mike. Thanks so much for joining and welcome got the MMG Family. I have messaged our members department and Neil will email you with confirmation on this if that’s ok. In the meantime, please take …

  4. frank podalak

    what drills can be used for hanging back

    1. Andy

      Hi Frank. We have a full video vault with “hangiing back” drills in. Just check out the Swing Faults section and you will see them in there.

      Thanks

      Andy

  5. Matthew D.

    Hi Guys

    A couple fo questions.
    A) at the top of the backswing should I pause? (I’m hearing conflicting info on this )
    B) at the top of the backswing should I hinge my wrist? or keep it locked?

    1. Andy

      Hi Matthew. No we wouldn’t recommend a pause. This can appear that way for some but it is the change of direction that causes this “stall”. Think of it as one motion with a change of direction. ~With …

  6. Christopher Benitez

    Once I get to my 8 iron and above, for some reason I’m hitting the heel and when I try to correct it I’m hitting way behind the ball. HELP!!

    1. Piers Ward

      Hi Christopher, ok first thing you need to do is to make sure you have some feedback on the ground, so basically a towel or a head cover outside the toe of the golf club so if you hit the heel you’ll …