Iron Play

  • Improving Your Iron’s Shaft Angle

    Tuesday 28 October 2014

    Gareth Benson shows you how a quick drill with an alignment stick can stop you trying to lift the ball into the air. If you’ve ever wanted to compress the ball, clear high obstacles and put a bit more spin on the ball, watch the video to see how it’s done.

  • Utility irons: how to hit a low shot when the wind is up

    Wednesday 20 August 2014

    Utility irons are making a comeback, as their forgiving nature and boring trajectory make them popular with players who don’t want the high ball flight of a hybrid. Many of the major manufacturers have launched utilities recently, including Callaway, whose APEX utility iron was unveiled this week (August 2014). But how do you use one? Who are they aimed at? In this video,...

  • Angle of your irons

    Friday 8 August 2014

    Steve Dresser shows you how the angle of your irons at impact can affect the swing. It’s a common mistake for players to have the shaft behind the ball at impact when in fact it should be in front of the golf ball. Take a look at the video to see how he helps create a downward blow with the golf...

  • Compress your iron shots

    Friday 8 August 2014

    Gareth Johnston shows you how to promote a downward blow on your iron shots to help compress the golf ball. Take a look at the video to see how a slight change to your grip can help you get that downward strike with the club’s handle ahead of the ball at impact.

  • Monty’s Masterclass: Distance control

    Friday 25 July 2014

    Colin Montgomerie explains distance control with your iron shots in this video as part of Monty’s Masterclass, featured in Today’s Golfer magazine. One piece of advice from Monty is finding out the lofts of all your clubs – do you know what degree your 7 iron is? Plus, find out why you need light hands at address.  Watch Monty’s Masterclass: Finding...

  • Score better in the wind Iron play

    Tuesday 20 May 2014

    Even a 20mph wind can play havoc with a ball that weighs only 1.62 ounces. Iron play is arguably the most-affected part of the game when it’s windy – distance control becomes harder, targets get smaller and hazards seem to be bigger! In this video, former European Tour player Oliver Whiteley, based at Bramall Park GC, Stockport, explains his keys for iron...

  • Hit more consistent iron shots

    Written by Ryan Fenwick on Thursday 10 October 2013

    In this video TG Elite Teaching Professional Ryan Fenwick shows you a quick and simple drill that will help you evaluate your ball striking and improve it to the next level.

  • Add control with a punch shot

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Monday 13 May 2013

    In this video tip TG Elite Teaching Professional Adrian Fryer talks about hitting the punch shot as part of our 25th Anniversary Best Ever Tips feature. Firing in a low flighted iron shot is not only massively useful in the wind, but can also add a level of control to your game in any pressure situation by giving you the choice to...

  • One takeaway drill, three great benefits

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Thursday 27 September 2012

    If there’s one drill you should practice on the range this winter to get your game in shape, this offering from TG Pro Scott Cranfield has got to be it. It’s so simple to do and will help create a more neutral swing direction, a smoother takeaway and better timing throughout the swing. By rolling a ball away with the back of...

  • Hit-and-stop drill

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday 13 September 2012

    Golfers that don’t hit down on the ball enough with their irons, taking shallows divots if any at all, will fail to compress the ball sufficiently. This results in a weak ball flight with a lower carry distance, not to mention a low amount of control. To help improve the strike of your irons, try the hit-and-stop drill outlined here in...

  • Hammer the tee peg drill

    Written by Chris Ryan on Wednesday 22 August 2012

    Amateur golfers that hit up on their irons are robbing themselves of distance and accuracy. Why? Because the golf club is designed to strike the ball as it is still moving downward. This achieves the desired compression and spin, which keeps the ball in the air for longer. In this video tip from TG Elite Pro Chris Ryan, he demonstrates a...

  • Squeeze the chest in the takeaway

    Written by Chris Ryan on Thursday 16 August 2012

    Separation between the arms and body doesn’t just have a detrimental effect on putting. It also affects the start of the golf swing, as TG Elite Pro Chris Ryan explains in this golf video tip. When the arms work upward too quickly in the takeaway, you lose the pressure between the arms and chest, which is what creates that sought-after connection.

  • What you can learn about your swing from your divots

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday 26 July 2012

    Walking along the practice ground the day after the Open’s completion at Royal Lytham & St Annes, TG Elite Pro Adrian Fryer noticed how the groups of divots were uniform and shallow. Observe a group of an amateurs divots and this will rarely be the case. They will often be too deep and not point down the target line. Try Adrian’s...

  • A drill to prevent hook shots

    Written by Kevin Flynn on Friday 13 July 2012

    A common cause of the hook is the hands working too far out toward the ball in the downswing, which causes the clubhead to get stuck on the inside and the clubface to go through excessive rotation through impact. This drill from Plane Truth Instructor Kevin Flynn helps get the clubhead more in front of the hands in the downswing, creating...

  • Flare the left foot out at address

    Written by Rob Watts on Monday 11 June 2012

    There are plenty of golfers can struggle with poor hip action through the ball. This fault leads to a more ‘flippy’ impact where the clubhead isn’t descending into the ball as much as it should. You can alter your set-up to encourage your hips to be open at the point of impact and promote a more downward strike with this advice...

  • Strike irons better with a downward blow

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday 8 June 2012

    Crisp iron shots rely on the clubhead striking the ball as it is still moving downwards, creating a divot after impact. An easy way to encourage this during practice is to place an obstacle behind the ball. In this golf video tip, TG Elite Pro Gareth Johnston has placed a towel a clubhead’s width behind the ball. This promotes a downward...

  • Better balance means better strikes

    Written by Rob Watts on Wednesday 16 May 2012

    Poor strikes with an iron often come about as a result of the weight shifting too much either forward or backward. This compensation comes about from the weight being positioned incorrectly in the feet at address. In this golf video tip, TG Elite Pro Rob Watts demonstrates a simple drill you can use on the range to ensure your weight is...

  • Box drill for added power

    Written by Rob Watts on Thursday 10 May 2012

    A key part of building power during the backswing is the hinging of the wrists after the hands reach hip height. But most important is that you swing the club down in a manner that stores the power for impact. As TG Elite Pro Rob Watts explains in this golf video tip, the angle between your left arm and shaft creates...

  • Top tee peg striking drill

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday 2 December 2011

    It might seem obvious to the lower handicap players, but newcomers to the game of golf often fail to understand the angle and direction at which the club needs to attack the ball on for crisply-struck irons shots. As TG Elite Pro Adrian Fryer explains in this golf video tip, you can use a tee peg positioned in the ground to...

  • Maximum distance with minimal effort on iron shots

    Written by Tom Denby on Thursday 24 November 2011

    The most common swing fault among the iron shots of amateurs is the attempt to ‘lift’ the ball in the air by adding loft to the golf club at impact. A simple drill to rectify this is to feel that the hands win the race to the ball line ahead of the clubhead, as TG Elite Pro Tom Denby explains in...

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