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Hello, my name is Conan Elliott and I'm Director of Instruction here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today we're going to talk about how to hit a golf ball with irons. The materials we need for this is naturally a golf ball and an iron club. Well, it's a little bit different than with woods; for sure because we want the bottom of the golf club to actually work down on the ground. We want to strike the ground with the bottom of the club. Most people try to hit down and get the edge onto the ground; onto the ball. We don't. We want the club to work off its bottom. The angle of the club here is the same as the face angle. So if the club works off its bottom when it hits the ground, then the angle would be correct. The key is to find the dirt. As the great Ben Hogan said, "The answer's in the dirt." So that's what we want to do is we want to let the club work in the dirt. Let the bottom of the club strike the ground. Ball placement becomes very, very important here is if we get the ball too far forward in our stance up toward our left foot; then I'm going to catch the ground more back here. If I get the ball too far back; what usually happens is I have to throw my hands or throw the club down to get it down in time to strike it. What I actually want is the ball, just about the center or maybe one golf ball wide to the left of the center of my stance. From that point on, all I got to do is let my hands stay quiet and cocked and let the club tap down into the ball. As long as the club works down and catches the ground; the golf ball comes up into the air. So the key is that I don't try to lift my ball in the air. I'm not the lifter in the golf swing; I'm the swinger of the golf club. The golf club is the lifter. As long as the bottom of the golf club strikes the ground first, then the angle would be correct; the ball will roll up and go off at the angle of the club. So the club is the lifter; I'm the swinger. When I become the lifter; I usually tap my golf ball. So keep my hands quiet; keep the ball in the middle of my stance and just let the club work off the ground. This is Conan Elliott and that's how to use irons in a golf swing.