Iron Play Simplified

Perfect contact is easy

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Second, as you take the club back, don't hinge your wrists too early in the takeaway. This will make you too steep at the top and make hitting your middle irons more difficult. Finally, take a look at the last two photos in the sequence above. The second to last is the top of my backswing, and the last photo is the first move on my downswing. Can you see the difference? A good downswing is initiated by a slight bump of the hips toward the target, and not from swinging the arms down. Try this bump the next time you practice. And don't forget to swing your middle irons a little flatter than you do your short irons.

When you release too early and stop turning, you run the risk of injuring your wrists.
Early release + no turn:
Chicken Wing

What happens when you release your hands too soon and stop turning through the shot? In most cases, this is how and where the dreaded "chicken wing" comes into play. Not only can this position hurt you physically, but it also makes hitting solid shots nearly impossible. If you don't turn and you release too soon, the only direction the arms and hands can go is straight up. That means a lot of topped and bladed shots when you finish here.


One of the best new training aids I've seen in a long time is the Tour Striker. It's made to help golfers strike the ball with a descending blow (preventing a chicken wing), and does wonders at producing instant feedback if you don't. After all, hitting down on the golf ball, and making a divot on the target side of the ball (not behind it) is key to straighter, longer hits. The Tour Striker helps me do just that.


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