Quite simply, there’s never been a better time to purchase a new set of clubs with the amazing array of products available. But as good as the technology is in these products – almost foolproof for some – they’re only as good as the user at the other end.
One of most common questions I am asked is: how can amateurs improve their consistency with iron play? Grip? Stance? Backswing? Rotation? No, it all starts before you even address the ball.
Truth is, the most common mistake amateurs make with their irons is hitting the wrong one. Ego often gets in the way, and instead of hitting a longer iron easy, they’ll try to hit a shorter iron harder.
Hitting any club harder will make it difficult to control the ball’s flight and distance. Instead of hitting your 8-iron harder, try hitting a solid 7-iron instead. You will have greater control over the ball and shot result.
Having the right ball position with irons is another common mistake. Too many play the ball off their back foot when, ideally, you should play the ball from about five centimetres behind the lead heel. This position will allow your hands to hang naturally and be level at address.
To help with your ball position, I suggest using some alignment sticks when you are on the range. You will need three: one for your target line, one parallel to the first for feet position and the third to mark where your ball position needs to be. Practising this on the range will make it happen naturally on the course and you’ll be flushing those shiny new irons in no time.
• Jason Laws is an Australian Golf Digest instructor and NSW PGA Teaching Professional of the Year recipient and if you have any questions for Jason, e-mail him at [email protected]