Set Up Birdies With Your Short Irons
GolfpsychologyGuy – 2017/08/08
As the ball gets closer to the hole, golf becomes less a game of brute force and more one of meticulous accuracy well-placed 7 iron or 8-iron can set the stage for a birdie. Or as errant 9-iron can send the ball into a yawning trap with a protruding upper lip.
The closer to the hole the ball gets, the less are the chance of making up for a bad shot. This naturally putd a higher premium on peychological well-being.
But even the player who has the right mental image, is bubbling confidence, and whose mind is free of external worry is likely to tense up if he knows his next shot has to be a good one.
The most frequent mistake made with the short irons is under-clubbing. High handicap players, particularly, overestimate their ability to reach the green with a certain club. For every one ball that goes over the green, there will be three or four which don’t reach it.
The best way to get the right image is to practice. Most golfers don’t devote enough time to their short irons. They like to boom out the long wood shots and hover over the putting green but they ignore the clubs that could help save them more strokes.
High hanicap players especially should concentrate on skillful use of the short irons. They’re usually short of the green on long par 4’s. A well-placed wedge shot or a neat chip could frequently save their pars.
ERRATIC SHORT SHOTS HARD TO MAKE AMENDS FOR
As stated previously, the closer the ball to the pin, the harder it is to make amends for a bad shot.
This obvious truth makes the pitching clubs- the 7,8 and 9- irons and wedge–momentous in the route to par or birdie golf.
Professionals agreee that the three most important clubs in golf are the driver, the wedge and the putter. High handicap players are not so keen on the wedge because it is difficult club to use. But once you get the hang of it, the wedge becomes a true friend.
The short clubs are built for accuracy. The backswing is shortened, the feet are closer together and the stance is opened. The shorter the clubs or the higher the number of the club the closer the ball is played toward the right heel.
The grip in playing the shorter irons should be the same as the one used for driving. The grip shouldn’t change for any club except the putter.
The swing is the same with the shorter irons but it is restricted to half or three-quarter because accuracy and not distance is the goal. With the knees flexed and the weight on the left heel, the club should be taken back along the ground. It will start its arc sooner than with long irons and woods.
At the peak of the swing with the 7-iron, the straight left arm should be just beyond a position that is parallel to the ground.
Video by David Leadbetter – Swing Easy With Short Irons
The left hand should take the club down and through the ball with weight anchored in the left heel to insure that the head stays down and still.
Here is a warning: don’t make an effort to scoop the ball over a trap or tree. Execute the swing properly and the left of the club-head will send the ball into the air.The short irons should be held firmly but not so firmly as to Produce tension. The right elbow should be held close to the right side.
If you are having trouble deciding whether to hit a full eight iron or to swing shorter with a seven , take the seven. Both of these clubs are clubs of precision, and undue effort to try to get more distance than thet should provide, or any twisting movements aimed at helping the loft of the ball, will lead to trouble.