How to Hit Those Dreaded Long Irons

By
Charlie King, PGA

Problem Area: Hybrids and Irons
Series: Instruction Feature

It's one of the toughest shots for most amateurs to hit -- the dreaded long iron. One of the biggest problems people have with the long irons is a misconception on what makes a good long iron shot. Here are a few keys to remember to help you hit consistent long iron shots.
As courses get longer, hitting consisten long irons is a must for players on Tour.
1.) Remember that long irons still have plenty of loft. It is important to concentrate on "striking" the ball rather than "scooping."
2.) It is critical to hit the ball solid with your long irons.
3.) Using a longer club creates the tendency of a harder swing. It is important to create effortless club head speed with your long iron swings.
There are a couple of simple drills you should practice to improve your long iron play.

a.) Practice swinging with your right arm only. This will create a consistent swing path and allow you to strike the ball more consistently.
b.) Another drill to practice is to take about a 75% backswing, accelerate through the ball, and finish your follow-through at 50%. This will create greater club head speed through the hitting zone, rather than using energy on a long follow-through, after the ball has been struck.
Try these tips and you'll see positive results soon. Good luck!


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