How To Command Your Irons: A Manual For New Golfers
Iron play will determine most of your game so it is very important to understand how each iron will perform and in which situation each one should be used. Here we will explore some of the basics about irons and also show you how to use them for short and long play. There are also some general rules about how to swing an iron and how your body should react when you do.
First the basics
This may seem obvious to some, but it is worth mentioning for those who don’t know. Irons work in such a way that the lower numbers are designed to deliver greater distance. Therefore a 2-iron will be used to shoot far, while a 9-iron will be used for short play—or even a chipping situation at times. The trick here is to learn how to balance all the ones in the middle.
Distance and control
The lower the number of the club, the longer the club will be. This is because clubs work with the strategy where long clubs deliver distance, while short clubs lend control. This also means that you should stand slightly further away when playing with a longer iron so that you can get greater distance. With shorter irons, you will stand closer so that control is better managed.
A three-quarter swing is considered a full shot
When playing with irons, it is rare that you will need to make a full swing. Learn to play like professionals do where only a three quarter swing is made. This forces you to allow the club to do its work instead of trying too hard to hit as far as you can. It also teaches you which clubs to use when a particular distance calls for it.
Your body must be flexible
Turning is an important aspect when playing your irons. A full body turn and flexible upper body will make for a clean shot, complete with distance and control each time. Working out at the gym is important if you want to maintain a consistent game with your irons.
The best way to command your irons is to practice. But practice does little good if you don’t know some basic techniques. Consider using a golf instructor once or twice just to get the basics down. Once you do, develop a unique style and get accustomed to your own equipment by playing often.