Iron Play

  • The 4-step formula for consistent golf

    Written by Gareth Johnston, PGA Head Professional at Bishopswood GC, Hants on Saturday 25 February 2023

    Tired of hitting great shots one minute and shockers the next? Leading coach Gareth Johnston shows you the four keys for consistent golf. Consistency is a quality every golfer covets. Yet even as we pursue it, it’s important to be realistic. From Rory McIlroy down, no golfer is immune from hitting a destructive golf shot. As far as golf goes, genuine...

  • How (and why) Rory McIlroy’s swing has changed

    Written by Stuart Dowsett, PGA Head Professional on Thursday 16 February 2023

    Leading coach Stuart Dowsett looks at the evolution of Rory McIlroy’s golf swing from when he first turned pro in 2008 to now. While Rory McIlroy possessed a unique talent and was always destined to be one of the best iron players in the game. His technique has continued to improve in the 15 years since he joined the Tour. There...

  • Molinari: 5 Ways to hit fairways and greens

    Tuesday 26 February 2019

    Francesco Molinari: “I like simple swing thoughts and ideas. Here are my golden rules to play your best” Follow these five rules from Francesco Molinari to play your best golf.  #1: Take Your Range Shot To The Course When you’re on the range before you play, look carefully at what the ball is doing. You’ll most likely find that one predominant shot shape...

  • Eddie Pepperell: Swing tips for better ball striking

    Monday 15 October 2018

    Eddie Pepperell: ‘All the great ball-strikers have the left arm pointing right on the way down’ I use my left arm as a reference in the downswing. I have a tendency to get my arm path a little high on the way down, so the left arm becomes disconnected from the body and points left of the target. I work hard on...

  • Haotong Li: ‘Swing within yourself for more accurate iron shots’

    Friday 12 October 2018

    Haotong Li: ‘Swing within yourself for more accurate iron shots’  I’ve been working hard with my coach Jamie Gough to become a more accurate iron player. The control and consistency with your irons front to back is as important as your dispersion from left to right. It helps to take a bit off your shots to add more control. The tendency for...

  • Power your swing from your core to strike irons sweetly

    Friday 18 May 2018

    Jimmy Walker: Learn four key things I work on to make sure I’m hitting the ball consistently well. I’ve always been a good iron player. Growing up in the Texas wind, you’d better be. It all starts with decent control and this is something I’ve really been able to dial in with my coach Butch Harmon. We’ve developed a body-controlled swing that...

  • Learn a new shot: The cut up 7 iron

    Wednesday 2 May 2018

    Learn a new shot for 2018, the cut up 7-iron, for both height and distance Golf often puts us in situations where we need both height and distance. Imagine you are stymied by a tree, some 140 yards from the green; you need your wedge to clear the branches, but the club isn’t powerful enough to reach the green. This is...

  • How to hit lower, more penetrating iron shots’

    Wednesday 28 February 2018

    Matthew Fitzpatrick: How to hit lower, more penetrating iron shots “I have a naturally lower ball flight than many top Tour players’, says Fitzpatrick, ‘but I see that as an advantage.” “There’s a lot of focus on hitting the ball into orbit and many amateurs I speak to aspire to hit it higher, rather than making the most of their naturally more penetrating trajectory.

  • Henrik Stenson: Ball Striking Tips

    Tuesday 30 January 2018

    Henrik Stenson: Stability and synchronisation for pure irons Ball-striking has always been the foundation of my game. I place a great deal of emphasis on creating a consistent and stable address position that enables me to keep everything connected and use the ground as I swing. This creates a swing that produces powerful and accurate iron shots. This is what I focus...

  • Create a pure strike more often

    Friday 20 October 2017

    Create the fizz of a truly pure strike more often by following these steps below Iron shots work best when struck with a descending attack angle. This creates the compression and spin needed for the optimal power and flight. Club designers help you deliver this ball-turf strike by engineering shaft lean and offset into each iron, but you can also work on...

  • Why your mid and short irons are the most important clubs in your bag

    Thursday 28 September 2017

    We can ALL be more accurate: PGA Tour stats expert Mark Broadie reveals why your mid and short irons are the most important clubs in your bag Hammering a 300-yard drive might make you feel like a pro, and curling home a 20-footer might give you a massive rush of adrenaline. But when it comes to consistently lower scores, the area...

  • How to: Shape your iron shots

    Written by Golf World on Wednesday 20 September 2017

    Shape your shots to hit it close to any pin: How to hit a fade and a draw In this tutorial, European Tour Professional Thorbjorn Olesen teaches you how to both fade and draw the ball using your irons. This tip comes from our sister magazine, Golf World. For subscriptions – click here Accurate iron play is vital to scoring well. Mid-irons are the...

  • Russell Knox: Find the sweetspot with your irons

    Tuesday 1 August 2017

    Let Russell Knox teach you the four keys to being consistent with your iron shots and have more chance to hit that sweet spot everytime Russell Knox is a two-time PGA Tour winner and currently sits inside the World’s Top 50 on the OWGR – but what is his secret to hitting consistent iron shots.  From focusing on keeping his balance to...

  • How to stop thinning and duffing iron shots

    Written by Edward Colman on Monday 24 October 2016

    Let your stand bag lead you to a more powerful and effective strike. Fault: Thinning and duffing irons. Fix: Use your golf bag to feel a more downward attack angle. It might sound logical that thin and fat contact with your irons comes from different swing flaws, but very often they are caused by the same thing – an upward attack angle. We often...

  • Clip the tee for better ball striking

    Written by Michael Bannon on Tuesday 25 August 2015

    An easy drill   Fault: Inconsistent ball striking. Fix: Try this simple little tip. It’s aimed mainly at beginners and higher handicappers – but it never does any harm for stronger players to remind themselves of the basics of the game. If you struggle to hit crisp iron shots, you have to learn how to strike the ball properly. By that I mean...

  • Sharpen your ball striking with Michael Bannon

    Thursday 13 August 2015

    I always like to give my pupils feels and visual aids to help ingrain any work I’ve done with them. Flooding their head with technical jargon is not going to reap the best results.  To be honest, Rory and I will often do the same – sometimes we’ll come up with a little feeling we want him to work on to cure...

  • How to keep your swing path consistent

    Tuesday 26 May 2015

    In this golf tuition video, TG Elite Professional Adrian Fryer teaches you a drill to ensure you always hit your irons on a consistent path.

  • Compress the ball for sweet iron shots

    Tuesday 26 May 2015

    In this golf tuition video, TG Elite Professional Adrian Fryer teaches you a drill to ensure you compress your iron shots for sweet ball-turf contact every time.

  • Improve your ball striking

    Wednesday 1 April 2015

    Do you want to improve your ball-striking? Mis-hits cost distance and accuracy – but how do you know where your mis-hits come from? The latest issue of Today’s Golfer comes with some free fact tape – just stick it on your irons, hit some shots and you’ll get instant feedback on how you’re hitting ball. Once you’ve hit enough shots, you’ll discover...

  • Bernhard Langer’s low and high iron shot tutorial

    Wednesday 11 February 2015

    In this video tutorial, Bernhard Langer tells you how to hit high and low irons shots. Simple stance and ball position alterations, without changing your golf swing, can help you achieve this.

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