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How to Use a Driving Iron

Updated March 23, 2017

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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  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. 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. 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.

  4. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Driving iron
  • Driving range


About the Author

Tyler Ellington

Tyler Ellington is a freelance journalist whose work consists of a wide variety of topics. A freelance journalist since 2007, Ellington typically spends most of his time writing about sports, business and technology. His work has appeared on various websites. He earned his master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania.

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