Little-Known Tricks That Will Improve Your Iron Swing
The greatest players of all time
Great golfers have always been great iron players; they did not have any weakness in their game but by far the best part of their game was their iron play. Players such as Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are good examples.
The towel drill
Put a towel under your armpits and keep it there as you make three quarter swings with an 8-iron. This drill will train you to keep your arms connected to your body and use your body to control the club as opposed to your hands and arms.
Variety of shots
Learn to control the flight and the distance with different followthroughs. Shorten the follow through to hit the ball lower and a shorter distance. Release the club fully with a high followthrough to hit the ball higher and further. Hold the club off and flare your left elbow out to hit a fade. Turn your forearms over and keep your left elbow close to your side to hit a draw.
Soft swing drill
Try this drill: Pick a club that you would normally hit 170 yards and try to hit it 150. By doing this, you will find that you swing easier and hit the ball better. Try this with a few different clubs until you are used to hitting the ball softly and making solid contact.
When you are out on the course, aim your iron shots at the center of the green and curve the ball towards the flag, this is the key to great course management and great iron play. Instead of aiming at flags, you aim at the middle of the green. If you hit a straight shot, you will be in the middle of the green but if you get the right amount of curve on the ball, you will be five feet from the flag.
Practice Ground Vs. Driving Range
Practice, if you can, on a practice ground where you can take a divot, as opposed to a driving range where you have to hit the ball off an artificial surface. Hittinb all off of a mat does not get you used to hitting iron shots off the fairway and taking a divot.
Follow these tips laid out above and you will find yourself hitting every green in regulation and having a day full of birdie putts.