5 Fundamental Ways for Hitting Great Iron Shots

5 Fundamental Ways for Hitting Great Iron Shots

5 of Best Ways to Hit Great Iron Shots

 

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Easy Iron Play Pointer For Golfers of All Standards

Something all of us need to consider when striking iron shots is ball placement.

When striking your longer irons the ball needs to be a little further onward in your stance than when you are arriving your shorter irons.

That’s due to the means the golf swing jobs and the width of the golf swing.

As a simple reference, in between your three, four and 5 iron and your 9 and wedge, there ought to have to do with two inches distinction in where the ball is placed in regard to your feet.

Keep in mind, naturally, that when you’re using a mid to short iron shots you’re not after distance alone, not like when arriving a driver, golf course timber or even a lengthy iron.

Don’t forget that you just want to swing the golf club at around  75 % -80 % of your full power to ensure that you have complete control and consistency. It’s crucial that reliability is the important point for these irons, because we’re now not striking a 30-40 broad fairway with our irons, we’re in fact hitting onto the ball the green now.

The closer to the green you get, the more you should be aiming for the hole itself. Remember with iron shots, wedge shots, if you aim for the hole itself and don’t just aim to hit it on the green, then even if you don’t quite hit it as well as you would like, at least then you’re just going to miss the flag and not the green.

If you lose your focus and merely hit at the green as opposed to aiming to get the ball close, you’ll discover you’ll miss more greens. So keep your concentration and go for as small a target as possible.

One great suggestion is to take one club more than you would usually hit, and hold down the grip. This will enable you make an easy swing, instead of using 100 % power.

Keep in mind, at the end of the day, it is how many shots that are counted, not how you hit them.

Knowing the fundamental principles of a simple golf swing is the initial step in becoming the golf player you would like to be. The golf swing is comprised of essential elements that will take you to that next level of play. The simple golf swing is possible whether you are a beginner or advanced; the basis of golf will certainly never ever change.

While the basis of golf will certainly never change, it is important to bear in mind that your body and mindset is different than others. This is exactly what separates golfers! While the straightforward golf swing is constantly there, it will be different from other golfers.  You may be able to resemble the golf swing of others but your physique is different as is your mindset. 

It is merely a matter of doing the standard stuff repeatedly. Any kind of seasoned golfer will certainly tell you that you must not avoid any sort of step of understanding the game. A swing is composed of four components and it begins with the grip. There are various kinds of  grip. You do not need to discover all types of grip before you start to play. If you know how to hold a baseball bat, then you are all set. Baseball grip is the most suggested grip specifically for beginners. Hitting the ball is not the end of the easy golf swing with a smooth follow through makes any type of golfer feel pleasure and excitement as the ball rises in the air, get to a gorgeous position, contact the fairway and rolls onto the green to the hole.

Have you ever noticed how some golfers are comfortable playing their long irons, while others are only comfortable playing their short irons? To be a good overall golfer you must be comfortable with both.

Here are 5 fundamental tips for improving your iron play.

Start with your grip:

For many golfers, the tendency to slice or hook the ball is greater with their irons than with their woods. There can be several reasons for this, but a highly common one is the grip.

If you tend to hook or slice with your irons, inspect your grip before you do anything else. A weak grip will often result in a slice, and an overly strong grip will often result in a wicked little hook. The best grip is a neutral one that is not held too tightly.

Target Line is Crucial:

After checking your grip, inspect your set-up as it relates to the target line. Surprisingly, many golfers will set up with their feet, hips and shoulders out of alignment when playing their irons.

If your body is not positioned properly on the target line, your shots are going to be off. It is that simple. Have a buddy stand in line with you and the target, and have him or her help you find the correct, square line.

Here is simple way to check your line if you are alone. This tip can also help you determine if you are cocking your wrists correctly.

First, lay a golf club or a broom handle at your feet in line with your target. Take your stance. Ever so slowly begin your backswing. Look down as you do this to see if your hands are lined up with the club or broom at your feet. They should be.

As you continue bringing the club back, remember that the club you are swinging should not become parallel with the ground until your hands are at hip level. You want to make sure that your wrists do not cock prior to your hands getting to hip level.

As you practice your backswing with your irons, it is important to remember that a straight left arm is what you want once you get to the very top of your backswing. Some bend is okay, but if you are physically able to do so, try to keep it straight.

This is also a good time to check the position of the iron’s club head. It should be directly over your rear shoulder once you get to the top of your backswing (for a full swing shot).

Iron play requires that your head be behind the ball at impact. It also demands that your hips be open. Depending on the club you are using and the shot you are attempting to make, your hands as well as the shaft of the club should be forward of the ball at impact.

Some wedges require that your hands be way ahead of the ball at impact so keep this in mind as you move down your clubs.

Playing your irons does not have to be confusing. It does, however, require you to practice with them. Remember to adjust the ball position between your feet as you move from club to club. It may take a bit of experimenting before you find your settings.
Spend as much time with your irons as you do your driver, and you will be amazed at how well this pays off for you on the course.

 

17 Golf Rules You Need Know

17 Golf Rules You Need Know

17 Golf Rules You Definitely Need to Know 

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The difference between a leisurely round of golf and tournament play is stark; at times, it feels like it’s an entirely different game. The pins aren’t accessible. Those tee boxes that seem miles back? That’s where you’ll be teeing off from. Instead of jokes and breezy conversation, the mood is tense. Oh, and a tap-in putt seems a hell of a lot farther than two feet.

And then there are the golf rules.

Most players abide by a reasonable — some would say liberal — interpretation of golf’s laws. Every hazard is treated as a lateral, rocks are thrown out of bunkers, and gimme putts. SO many gimme putts. In short, a “winter golf rules” approach for the entire year.

Unfortunately, those rebellious ways don’t fly in competition. The USGA rule book is the law for tournament play; it is absolute, without discussion. If it’s your first time entering in an event, from as comfortable as a club championship to U.S. Open qualifying, you need to be well-versed on golf’s legislation. And because there are so many golf rules, one could feel overwhelmed. Fear not:

Here are the 17 rules you definitely need to know when playing in a tournament:

Count your clubs

Oh come on. No one would ever have more than 14 sticks in the bag, right?

Right?

Wrong.

Avoid the two-stroke penalty by double-checking your bag before teeing off.

Ball falls off tee

There’s a shocking amount of players that aren’t 100 percent sure what to do when this happens. Simple: You get to re-tee without penalty. (Exception: You’ve already whiffed on the first shot. If the ball then falls off, you have to play it as it lies.)

On the bright side, since things are a tad more serious in tournament play, you won’t have the jamoke who chirps “One!” when your ball falls off the tee. I hate that guy.

Giving advice

On the weekend, you may ask your friend what iron they just hit, or, while on the green, point to a spot and say, “I think this is the line.” While such behavior is standard in a normal round, it’s deemed illegal in competitive play. The penalty is two strokes. (Exception: In a team match, you and your partner, as well as respective caddies, can discuss strategy.)

The difference between water and lateral hazards

A water hazard is marked in yellow, lateral in red. If you aren’t going to attempt to play from the hazard — and unless you have a clean shot, we advise you don’t — you are facing a one-shot penalty.

For a water hazard, a player has three options:

  • Go to the designated drop area (not all hazards have this).
  • Identify where your ball last crossed the water hazard, then drop as far back as you want from that spot and the pin.
  • Play your next shot by dropping a ball nearest to the point where your last stroke was played. You can re-tee if it was your first shot.
  • A lateral hazard is slightly different. Like with yellow stakes, you have to identify where the ball crossed into the hazard. However, you are given a two clubs length area to drop. You can also go on the other side of the hazard — assuming no closer to the hole — and drop there as well.

Improving your lie or position by moving growing things

Your ball comes to rest under a tree, and it appears you have a shot. Only problem is a pesky limb interfering with your backswing. No worries; you can break that branch off, yes?

Nope: You cannot improve the position or lie of your ball. This includes moving or bending anything growing or fixed in the realm of your envisioned swing.

Beach rules

The two biggest infractions in the sand are grounding your club and moving impediments from the bunker. This pains me to bring up, but my high school coach made me call both infractions on a competitor in a match: He chunked his first bunker shot, causing him to slam his club in disgust. He then threw out a few rocks around his ball before attempting his next shot, both violations. If you thought he was mad then, you should have saw his face after I sheepishly told him about said offenses.

Rake in bunker

This is another area that causes confusion, but if your ball comes to rest against a rake, you are allowed to move the tool, as the USGA defines it as a “movable obstruction.”

Tapping down your putts

This doesn’t come up as much anymore, as many players wear softless spikes. Nevertheless, you’ll occasionally come across spike marks on the green and be tempted to press them down. DON’T: That act constitutes a two-stroke penalty.

Lost ball time

You have five minutes to search for a ball. The clock begins when you start looking, not after you’ve hit your shot. After five minutes, the ball is considered lost.

Announcing the provisional

Confession: I love the word “reload.” It turns an unfortunate event — the prospect of a lost ball — into a course of action. Without checking Webster’s, I think reload etymology stems from Clint Eastwood movies. “I’m out of juice. Time to reload; fire in the hole!” Hard to believe I went so long being single.

Alas, saying “reload” does not constitute proper procedure, according to the USGA. A player must announce “I am hitting a provisional” to competitors. You must abandon your provisional ball if your original isn’t lost or out-of-bounds, or you determine that it’s in a water hazard:

Conversely, anytime you hit a great provisional shot, you might not want to find your original ball. If someone finds it before you play a shot with the provisional, the first ball is the one you must play.

Relief from cart paths, ground under repair, immovable objects

Most players understand they get help in such scenarios. In that same vein, most don’t know the proper way to push ahead. You take your stance, from there getting one club length of relief. The new spot has to be without interference from what caused the drop. From the USGA: “For example, if the ball lies on a cart path, the ball must be dropped at a point where the cart path does not interfere with the lie of the ball, his stance, and also the area of intended swing. If the ball comes to rest in such a position, it must be re-dropped.”

Unplayable lie

Unlike above, your point of drop doesn’t start from a place without interference. You have three options:

  • Play a ball as nearly as possible to the spot from which the original ball was last played, no nearer to the hole. If it was on the tee, you can re-tee.
  • Take a drop within two club lengths of where the ball is at rest, not nearer the hole.
  • Draw a line from the hole to where the ball is located and drop anywhere behind that point, keeping the point between you and the hole.

I found No. 2 out the hard way after my ball went under a pine tree in a tournament. What that pine tree was doing in the middle of a fairway is beyond me. (Although, it wasn’t the fairway I was supposed to be on, but semantics.) I couldn’t get to my ball, so decided to go with two-clubs length option, only to discover I’d still be under the pine tree. Ten years later, I’m still washing the sap off my neck.

Order of play

This mainly comes up in match play, but whoever is farthest away from the hole is up. And if someone breaks that order, a competitor is allowed to cancel the shot, forcing them to replay it.

But this comes with a caveat: Unless it’s an egregious offense, don’t call this on a competitor. Unless you want their putter tomahawked into your windshield after the round.

One-ball condition

This is rare: You usually only see this in professional tournaments, most recently when Phil Mickelson was dinged for using two different types of makes at the Presidents Cup. That said, I’ve been in club championships before where this popped up, sending people scrambling to the pro shop.

Sprinkler heads

This falls under the immovable object umbrella, but happens so often that it deserves its own section. Relief is granted from sprinkler heads only if your ball, intended stance, or swing is interfered with. Line of play isn’t covered, meaning if you’re putting from the fringe through a sprinkler towards the green, well, you might want to break out a wedge.

Identifying your ball

Buried in the rough and can’t tell if it’s your ball? You are allowed to lift the ball for ID purposes. From the USGA: “The player must announce his intention to lift the ball to an opponent, fellow-competitor or marker, and mark the position of the ball. He may then lift the ball and identify it, provided that he gives his opponent, marker or fellow-competitor an opportunity to observe the lifting and replacement.”

Flagstick

Your group has made it to the green; the hole is almost behind you. And, look at that, your ball has come to rest just inches from the pin. You’re so excited that you brush it in without thought, walking off the green thinking you just made birdie.

Except, the pin was in, and you hit it. That drops your score from a bird to a bogey and sinks your heart into your stomach. Other violations include hitting a pin that has been taken out and lying past the hole, or if you purposefully leave the flag in while attending it to cause a penalty on your opponent.

Most tournaments have rules officials on site, and all golfers should have a copy of the USGA rules book in their bag for more intricate situations and rulings. But the aforementioned points serve as the foundation for the obstacles you’ll likely encounter during tournament play. Now you can put your rules apprehension to rest, knowing your equipped to handle whatever the course, and your competitors, throw at you.