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Question on Irons:

You know I have way too much trouble with my long irons. Some shots are good, some are slice and some just hit fat. It's very frustrating. Plus, when my swing goes bad, my short game is also bad. I try to keep my left arm stiff through the swing, but seem to fail with ease on my irons...Help!
--Jim T. from Sioux Falls, SD

Hi Jim. Thanks for writing I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

To hit long irons well you need to make sure:

1) You are set up correctly
2) Your swing plane is conducive to hitting longer, lower lofted clubs
3) Your rhythm and sequence are smooth and correct

When setting up for long irons make sure that you are playing the ball forward of center by one or two balls. It is important that the ball is not too far forward where you will swing over the top of it and that it isn't too far back where you will smother it. Just like shorter irons you need to hit down on them to get maximum distance and get the ball to pop back up into the air. For this reason ball position is crucial.

If your swing plane is way too steep it may be hard to strike the ball well with a long iron. Because they are longer shafted they naturally sit on a flatter plane than say a 9 iron. This coupled with less loft makes them difficult to hit well and get air born with a steep angle of attack. Make sure that you are making a good, full turn and swinging the club around your body on an arc.

Last, if your swing gets out of rhythm or sequence you will have a lot of sprayed shots. It's important to swing down in the correct sequence which is hips, shoulders and then arms and club and to make sure that you don't jump at the ball from the top of the swing. Get the feeling that you start your swing from the ground up and that you start down slow with the club.

The best course of action is to of course go Pro and send in your swing for analysis so I can see what you are doing. In the meantime, I hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.


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