If you struggle with inconsistent ball striking with your irons and you have either the Early Release or Hanging Back swing faults, then you need to continue reading because we may have the secret on how to strike your irons better than ever.

As you know, both of these swing faults encourage the bottom of the arc of your down swing to bottom out before the ball.

So what if we were to say to you that you can reduce this effect on your contact by actually introducing something to your golf swing which would be considered a fault by many people?

Bear with me on this. So if we know that the bottom of the arc is too far behind the ball, what if we where to simply move your body positions more toward the target through out the set up, back swing and then impact?

So instead of going for a 50-50-weight distribution at set up (Picture 1) why not lean slightly towards the target? (Picture 2)


Also, instead of working towards loading the majority of weight into your trail side at the top of the back swing (Picture 3) you worked on staying more centered over the ball by feeling you where actually leaning more on your lead side at the top of the back swing? (Picture 4)


By leaning your weight more towards the target through the set up, back swing and impact you will help to counteract the Early Release and the Hanging Back swing faults.

Now I know these moves may not be “text book” but they will improve your ball striking and always think, the ball doesn’t know where your weight is distributed!

It only understands what hits the ball, and if it’s the ball first as opposed to the ground before the ball then your ball striking will be more consistent than ever and your ball flight will be amazing.


There can be pitfalls of doing this and we would only recommend this if you have either of these swing faults.  The best thing to do is either book a lesson with your local pro or go to and check out the Early Release and Hanging Back swing faults to see if you do them and then give it a try.

This may seem a bit out of Left field but this is something that has worked many times with our students and we will continue to use.  Let us know if this is something that might help you? Post your comments and we’ll get back to you soon.

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  1. Jason

    I’m an 18 handicapper really struggling with iron consistency even though i know the ability for a much lower handicap is there. Been watching your videos on YouTube and testing the new swing and tips…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Jason. Glad you like our videos and happy to hear we are helping. Keep woking hard and let us know what you would like to see more of to help you.


  2. Anthony

    Hi Guys
    I have just watched your video about the swing arc and hitting in front of the ball so that you come down on the back of the ball. that’s amazing, I have been playing golf for about 25 years …

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Anthony. Hope this helps you. Please let us know how you get on when you next practice.


  3. Vincent Galbo

    Hey Guys,

    I’ve been watching your videos and you’re really informative. I really appreciate it, so thank you.

    I got into golf about three months ago and I decided to listen to all the seasoned …

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Vincent,

      Thanks for the message. Some instructors will like to coach using a “method” where they like to get all of their players doing a very similar golf swing. Nothing wrong with that but we ve…

  4. Andy d

    Hey piers and andy. Been watching you gents for awhile now on utube. Love the great explanations on your coaching. Hope to put your teachings to good use. Thankyou
    Andy D.

    P.s. my bucket list in…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Andy.

      Thanks for the comment. Glad you like our content and hope we are helping? Well who knows, that could happen one day!


    i have stated back playing golf from some medical issues i have had over the past few years. it took a while but i have my driver and fairway woods sown. i am struggling, to say the least with my iron…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Bill.

      What seems to be the problem with your irons. Are you stuggling with contact? If so is it ground first, heel strikes? Let us know what the problems are.

  6. docusha kothari

    THX going to try it seems quite plausible for have a problem with weight shift 🙂

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hope this helps. Please let us know how you get on.

  7. a_cahyadi

    Hi guys,

    How would this adjustment work towards hitting drivers and woods?


    Love your site and instruction. Perhaps you may want to consider having someone proof-read and run a spell checker prior to publishing your text on-line. Many spelling and grammar errors! These obviou…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Mike.

      Thanks for the feedback! We are in the process of having the whole website redesigned and I agree it it would be much more professional. We will make sure it is all checked and correct. Tha…

      1. Vincent

        Hi guys,

        I have been watching your videos for a few years now. I did watch a lot of videos in the past, from all sorts of channels or players (mainly whatever I could find on Ben Hogan and his theo…

        1. Andy Proudman

          Hi Vincent.

          Thanks for your comment. Happy to hear that we are helping and you like our videos. The new website will be ready this Autumn and we have lots of changes to make things easier for the vi…

  9. mrjones77

    I can’t get through on e mail, so this will have to do. I have been a hole in one member for 2 years. I was finally ready to upload a video for swing analyses and just found out you stopped doing them…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Tim.

      Yes we haven’t done them for a while now. However as you have been a member for 2 years if you send us some swings with some information about your game and what you are looking to improve. …

  10. Cameron kiemele

    hey guys,

    Iv been watching you videos for the last 2 years now and alot of them are really good im 13 i have a 13 handicapp iv been playing for a year now and I play lots of tournaments but I was…