How to hit straight iron shots

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How to hit straight iron shots
Being able to hit straight iron shots down the fairway is essential if you are to improve your golfing handicap (Golf image by Vanessa van Rensburg from Fotolia.com)

Many a golf game is won or lost on the fairway. A great drive and short game helps, no doubt about it, but being able to hit straight iron shots down the fairway and to the green on approach shots is essential if you are to improve your golfing handicap. No matter if you are using a 2-iron or a 9-iron, the fundamentals are the same: stance, swing and head position.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Golfing iron
  • Golf ball

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Line your feet up parallel with to the golf ball and facing in the direction you want to hit the shot. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. For more-lofted irons (7 through 9) the ball should be equidistant between your two feet, middle irons (4 through 6) an inch closer to your front foot and low irons (1 through 3) an inch closer again.

  2. 2

    Lean over, just enough to let your arms hang naturally. Bend your knees slightly. The head of the iron should be positioned just behind the golf ball, your arms straight and hands gripped gently around the golf club's neck. A good marker to use is that your left elbow should be in line with your left hip, right elbow in the line with the right hip.

  3. 3

    Swing the club back, leading the action with your hips. The position of your upper torso should remain largely the same, your head and eyes lowered, focused on the ball. At the top of the backswing, your left heel should be slightly off the ground--if you are right-handed, that is--and your left arm fairly straight.

  4. 4

    Push off your right foot for the downward swing, transferring your weight to the left side. As with the backswing, the thrust of the movement should be a smooth swivel from your waist. Your arms should be loose and reactive, following the motion of your hips.

  5. 5

    Strike down on to the golf ball, keeping the clubface flush with the edge of the ball. Do not try and chip the ball. Irons have inclined club faces and, if you have swung correctly, an iron will naturally loft the ball straight down the fairway.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your eyes on the ball at all times during your swing. The most common reason for slicing golf shots to the right or hooking shots to the left is that people raise their head during the swing.

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