Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Iron Out The Kinks
Better iron play is a matter of making a few quick fixes
Seek The Plane
Jack Nicklaus had it correct when he said it’s best to allow each club to “seek its own plane.” What that means is, the longer the iron, the flatter the lie angle and the flatter the swing at the top. My take on all this? Forget about it! Don’t get bogged down in worrying about your club plane and the lie angles of your irons. Instead, focus more on what YOU do during the backswing with each of your clubs. For instance, you’ll find that it’s easier to hinge your wrists faster with shorter irons than with longer irons. So allow some extra time in the backswing with your longer clubs. Think more of YOU and not your club’s lie angle or plane. You’ll focus a lot better on swinging the club rather than manipulating it.
CONTROL YOUR BALLFLIGHT
To hit a draw, moving the feet right of parallel isn’t enough. The entire body needs to reorientate in that direction. As you can see, my entire body is rotated, meaning I’ll make a pass through the ball from inside to outside the target line. The key is to not force the hands to rotate. Let them do their job naturally.
Forward Neutral Back
To hit the ball lower, play the ball farther back in the stance than normal. Make sure the clubface is square to the target (it may appear more closed than usual) and keep the hands in the same place as they’d be with a normal shot. Then, swing all the way to the finish! You don’t have to finish low to hit it low!
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