5 Simple And Effective Golf Iron Play Tips For Seniors
Seniors, like all other players, are easily swayed by popular opinion. For years they have been told that long drives and accurate putts are the most valued golf strokes. But ask the legends and experienced coaches, they would place iron play on par with the drive and putt. This is good news for seniors, because they don’t have to overexert themselves practicing long powerful drives. By mastering the golf iron play they can achieve or maintain low scores and keep the handicap to the minimum.
- Understanding one’s game can be of great help in planning a strategy for the game. Take for example, the yardage you normally tend to achieve with your iron club. You may want to cover a particular distance and also capable of covering that distance, but what matters in the course is the past performance. Maintain a record of your yardage score, both on the course and in the practice range.
- The shaft length of the iron decides the ball position and the stance you should take. The position of the ball for long iron clubs is slightly north of the center (i.e.) the ball must be closer to the leading foot. This will allow the bottom of the swing arc to hit the ball accurately.
- As people age, their control over their muscles and body, reduces to some extent. They can no longer manage to keep the lower body pinned down to the ground. When the player swing, the upper body must coil and the lower body must resist the free movement of the torso – it creates the coil and uncoil effects that imparts power to the iron play. Any unnecessary movement of the legs will hinder pure contact with the ball.
- A compact swing in which the key components of the upper body – shoulders, arms, and hands – all working as one, will help in the consistent swing. Other elements like hinged wrists and a square clubface are also crucial to achieve an effective iron play.
- From the stance to the swing – you work on every element of the iron play to get one thing correct – the impact with the ball. The impact is the most important element of a stroke and you need to get it right for a clean and effective iron shot. In this shot, it’s important to hit the ball on the downswing. Keep your shoulders, body, and hips open at the point of impact and don’t force the shot. The swing must be smooth and consistent and the follow through and finish must be well balanced.