6 Tips On How To Hit Clean Iron Shots

Updated: September 13, 2011
Iron Shot Annika


Golfers, no matter what their level of play, are always looking for a way to improve their game. In order to score well, you must hit good iron shots. Unfortunately, for many golfers this isn’t the case.

Instead of hitting their irons solidly, they slice or pull their shots, take poor divots, and/or miss-hit their long irons. These mistakes often leave them short of the green and scrambling for par.

Hitting your irons poorly ends up costing you strokes and puts pressure on the rest of your game.

If this is you, you need to learn to generate the extra 10 or 15 yards that puts you on the green.

Here are 6 Free Golf Tips to hit clean Iron Shots

1. Keep your head behind the ball

2. Keep your hands together on the club

3. Hips/arms are in the same place at impact

4. Shaft is ahead of the club head at impact

5. Back of front hand faces the target

6. Weight is on your forward foot

The key to hitting your irons consistently and adding distance does not come from swinging the club faster or harder. When you try swinging the club faster or harder, your arms outrace your body, reaching the ball before you’re able to shift your weight.

In order to make consistent solid contact with the ball, you must arrive at impact simultaneously with both your arms and body, using a slightly descending blow.

Learn More About Hitting Consistent Iron Shots…

Next time you go out to practice, take a camcorder with you and video your practice. Take the time to review your golf swing.

If you’ve swung the club correctly, in the video you will see that your golf club’s shaft will be ahead of the club face at impact. Your weight will be over your front foot and your hips will be open to the target. These positions indicate that your arms and hips are moving together at the same time.

Don’t let poor iron shots ruin your scores and your golf handicap. Work on arriving at impact with your arms and body simultaneously, rather than trying to swing the club harder or faster. Try these 6 free golf tips so you can master this fundamental, you’ll hit solid iron shots.


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  1. Skye Heyliger

    January 9, 2010 at 21:32

    Thanks for taking the time to write about this, I feel powerfully about it and love learning more on this issue. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more selective information? It is highly helpful for me.

  2. Troy Vayanos

    September 18, 2011 at 19:21

    Great post,

    For me the most important part of iron play is having the shaft ahead of the clubface at impact. This ensures you are making a descending blow onto the golf ball which will achieve the best results.


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