How to Use a Driving Iron

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How to Use a Driving Iron
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Using a driving iron helps you achieve more control and accuracy off of the tee box. The shaft of a driving iron is shorter than that of a driver which gives the player better control of the club. However, the driving iron has a longer shaft than all other irons, which allows the player to achieve maximum distance.

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    How to Use a Driving Iron

  1. 1

    Understand the difference between different types of clubs. A driving iron is a golf club that is used off of the tee. People sometimes prefer to use a driving iron rather than a driver because it has a shorter shaft and provides more control. You should practice using your driving iron at the driving range before heading out to the course.

  2. 2

    Position the ball appropriately. The set-up when using a driving iron is similar to the set-up you would use when hitting your three-iron out of the fairway. The ball should be positioned on a tee, since you are on the tee box, and you should be slightly back in your stance.

  3. 3

    Hit the ball on the downswing to keep it low and straight and to increase the distance. The swing and follow-through with a driving iron is the same as with your other lower irons. Keep the swing and follow-through at a natural pace.

Tips and warnings

  • Some hybrid clubs can be used in a similar capacity to driving irons.
  • Driving irons are sold with blades and cavity backs. Try them both out before purchasing one.

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