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It seems like no matter what iron I am using. The ball seems to go the same distance (between 100-150 yards). I don't think I am using them correctly.
--Tony C. from Ocala, FL

Hi Tony. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

Having all your clubs go the same distance is a common complaint. I hear it often from those that are beginners as well as those that don't make solid contact.

Let's explore the factors that create distance.

The first factor is speed. Without a good amount of club head speed or with a decelerating club head, it will seem that all your clubs fly the same. Sometimes when this is the case even shorter clubs can fly further. Imagine a 90 year old that is stiff and can't move quickly. His or her club head moves so slow that they may actually hit their wedge further than their 3 wood. The reason being is at least the wedge has loft so the ball will pop up and get some carry. The 3 wood on the other hand has such a small amount of loft that with slow swing speed they won't be able to get the ball to carry. The ball will dive and thus lose a lot of distance.

My recommendation here would be to get your swing speed measured. You will only hit the ball 2 1/2 yards per mph with your driver. So if you swing at 100mph the max you will hit will be 250 yards.

To make sure you are accelerating through the shot and speeding up right before impact rather than slowing down practice starting down slow and feeling your club move it's fastest after impact.

Now, once you have checked your speed and gotten your acceleration point in the right spot, it's time to explore your technique. Do you take a nice divot after the ball? If not, chances are you are not hitting down and compressing the ball with a forward leaning shaft. I would try the Impact Point Drill & Forward Press Drill found here:
www.mygolfinstructor.com/instruction/diagnosing-problems/drills/

Both of these are designed to help you achieve desired impact alignments for maximum compression and distance.

Tony, give them a try for a couple weeks and see if things don't start improving. Let me know how it goes.

Thanks.

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