Golf Tips: Crisp Iron Shots

by George N. Root III
    A few practice excercises will go a long way toward helping you hit better iron shots.

    A few practice excercises will go a long way toward helping you hit better iron shots.

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    Hitting a solid iron shot is simply a matter of understanding the fundamentals. Once you understand how to apply the basics, you can use that information to hit any shot that you want from the fairway or the rough. These exercises are set up for right-handed players, to be done at a driving range. Left-handed players will apply the same process but simply switch hands.

    Tightening Up the Irons

    Items you will need

    • Two golf clubs, including a middle iron
    • Practice balls

    Step 1

    Choose a middle iron to work with and then place the other club on the ground as a guide to where you will hit the ball. The seven iron is always a good choice as a club to hit and the driver always works well as a stance placement club. Line your feet up straight along the line of the club on the ground, shoulder-length apart. Place a ball on the ground, or on the carpet, and address the ball with both hands on the club as you normally would. Once you are comfortable in your stance, remove your left hand from the club and hold the club in place with your right hand.

    Step 2

    Begin a practice swing with just your right arm to get used to the additional weight that your right arm is forced to support without your left arm being present. Do not strike the ball yet. Get used to swinging the iron fully over your head, and keep your head down as you would in a normal swing. Once you are used to the feel of the club in just your right hand, go ahead and strike the ball. You will know you have done it right when the ball goes straight and about half the distance it would normally go. Continue to hit balls until you have hit three good shots in a row.

    Step 3

    Assume your stance again and place both hands on your club. This time remove the right hand, leaving just the left hand on your iron. Take a few practice swings, working very hard to keep your left arm perfectly straight as you would in a normal swing. Working the left arm will be the most difficult, so be patient and continue to practice swing without striking the ball. Once you feel comfortable and are able to keep your left arm straight, begin hitting balls until you hit three good shots in a row. The shots should go straight and be half the distance you would normally hit the ball with that club.

    Step 4

    Take five practice balls in your bucket and hit those five balls with both hands on the club as you normally would. You will find that you are making better contact with your irons. Do this exercise at least once a week and you will hit better iron shots.


    • Change the club you use from week to week. When you feel comfortable with one club, move to a different club the next time you do the exercise.


    • Be patient. This exercise is extremely effective, but it takes a while to master it. Do not get frustrated, and keep working at it for many weeks before you expect any real results.

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    About the Author

    George N. Root III began writing professionally in 1985. His publishing credits include a weekly column in the "Lockport Union Sun and Journal" along with the "Spectrum," the "Niagara Falls Gazette," "Tonawanda News," "Watertown Daily News" and the "Buffalo News." Root has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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