How to Use Irons Golf

By: Sherman Choo

All good players in history are good iron players. The irons can get us out of a bad lie, it can set us up for a birdie putt, it can help us to recover from a bad tee drive. Being a good iron player will do justice to that 250 - 300 m drive. Hitting a solid tee shot and not being able to be on the green in regulation on a par 4, is a good drive wasted.

If you're an social golfer teeing it up on the white tee, you'll want to be sharp with your 7,8,9 irons, pitching wedge. This is because it'll give you the most fun when playing on the golf course. A majority of the holes on the golf course are par 4s. After driving the ball, you need to be on the green on your 2nd shot, have 1 or 2 putts, to make par or better yet birdie. This is where your irons are important. By missing the green, lets say if the ball falls short of the green, or hits the false front and rolls back down, we'll need to bring in our chipping skills for a 1 chip 1 putt to save par.

Its important to be accurate and land the ball "pin high". If you've heard the term used "pin high", it means the ball lands inline to the flag and cannot be too far away, allowing a 2 putt opportunity to sink the ball into the hole.

In order to hit the irons well, we should be comfortable with taking a divot. Because golfers start golf at the range, we may not be used to taking a divot. The sight of a dollar bill worth of soil and grass flying is actually correct. It means that you're hitting down and squeezing the ball of the turf, rather then lifting it off the ground. Another good tip is to check that the left forearm is parallel to the toe line and not to the inside, this will allow a comfortable shoulder turn.

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