A Level Approach Will Lead to Long Iron Success
Sungjae Im of Korea plays a shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The easiest way to try and create a more level swing arc at the bottom is to raise the ball. Here’s a very simple drill you can use the next time you’re on the practice range. Place the ball on a tee at the same height you would for your driver. It should be a couple inches off the ground. Now grab a 4 iron or a 4 hybrid. If you don’t have one of those try any long iron or hybrid. Grip down on the club from the end about an inch to an inch and a half. Your hands should be close to the middle of the grip.Setup to the ball as you normally would. Raise the clubhead behind the ball and hold it in midair hovering behind the ball. Take a swing and see how you do? Chances are you swung under the ball and the top of the clubface made contact. Observe what happened because that’s the direction you’re moving vertically in the actual swing. Try again and this time keep the swing wide and turn more with your body. This will drastically help keep that club level through the bottom of the arc.Once you catch the ball powerfully at impact, you now have the feeling of a shallower approach to the ball. Keep practicing at that height. The more reliable your contact becomes start to move the ball lower to the ground. Eventually, the goal is having the ball rest on the grass and you confidently swinging through impact with a much shallower approach. This will lift the ball and launch it with speed and height toward the target.