Hybrids & Irons

PGA Professional Ron Philo, Jr., shows you how to execute one of the most important shots in golf - the three-quarter wedge shot.

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Stack and tilt swing
I switched to the stack and tilt swing. Works great for me. Can I use it with the driver? Can't seem to find a good ball position. My iron shots are great. Thank you.  
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Comparing Clubs
Is a 3-iron comparable to a 5-wood? Is a 5-iron comparable to a 7-wood? Will these clubs hit the ball approximately the same distance? -- Roy Conner  
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Placing the ball in your stance
All of my clubs are custom fit. I love my 54 degree wedge but constantly chunk my 58 degree 20 yards or scull it 150 yards. I don't know how to hit it. Please help. Where do I place the ball in my stance and how do I stop mishitting this club?  
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Horizontal practice swings
I am hitting a lot of iron shots off center towards the toe of the club. I checked my lie and it is center. Any suggestions on drills to get the shots more toward the center of the club?  
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Hitting the long irons
I need a tip for hitting the long irons, 3-5. I hit the lower irons fine and feel quite comfortable. I can hit the long irons, however the feel and ease is just not there.
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Difficult time with long irons
I've been golfing for several years. For the life of me, I still can't hit any long irons. I've tried different things, taken lessons but just can't get it together. I've been told the hybrids are the way to got but I think I need to fix my fundamentals first.
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Adjusting to your irons
I'm a 8 handicap and just bought a 3 and 4 hybrid iron. I'm pull hooking them left. As of now, my 3 and 4 iron are more accurate. How do I adjust?  
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More control on short irons
I'm aged 66 and an 18-handicap with a swing speed around 85 mph. I have a consistent ball pattern of straight-ish right-to-left. I'm looking for a little more control on short irons but not to sacrifice distance (The Holy Grail I guess!).
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Handy Sandy
To many people think that a sand wedge is just for bunker shots. The sand wedge should be used for sand shots as well as most pitch shots to the green.  The sand wedge whether a 54-degree or 58-degree has "bounce" on the sole of the club.
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Tee it high, Hit it long!
Do you have one of the new large headed drivers?So you can launch it nice and high, tee the ball higher and further forward in your stance. This will allow you to catch the ball on the up swing and launch the ball.
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Taking a Divot
Take a divot for normal yardages with your irons. At impact feel about 70% of your weight on your left foot at impact. (right handers)  Take a practice swing and hold at impact to feel the 60% weight on the left foot.
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Bump and Run Chip Shots
Many amateurs we teach tend to use the same club for most short game shots around the green.  This can work for sure but may not be the most efficient way of doing things.  Perfecting one swing and changing clubs based on the distance of the shot proves to be more consistent than per
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Taking A Divot
Take a divot for normal yardages with your irons. At impact feel about 70% of your weight on your left foot at impact. (right handers)  Take a practice swing and hold at impact to feel the 60% weight on the left foot.
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Mix it up!
Mix up your practice routine to learn to execute shots.  Hit a few warm up shots with your favorite club maybe a mid-iron or fairway metal.  Next, grab your gap wedge and imagine a shot on your home course with a specific target.
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Use the Sand Wedge Correctly for Soft Pitches
The sand wedge has the most bounce and loft of any club in your bag. So to hit the soft high pitch shots, utilize this loft by keeping the ball in the center of your stance,  and keep your hands and the handle of the club pointed at your belly button.
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