How to Hit Straight Shot with Your Irons
What is the most important thing when hitting straight shots with your irons?
Tiger Woods once said that there are several keys to hitting good irons shot, but the most important key of all is to understand how the back of your left hand works at impact.
If the back of left hand faces target at impact, you are likely to hit it straight.
If the back of your left hand faces toward the sky, you tend to hit slice. If it faces toward the ground, you tend to hit hook shots.
So make sure that the back of your left hand faces target at impact if you plan on hitting a straight shot with your irons.
If You Have Strong Grip or Week Grip
Tiger woods uses square grip or neutral grip, with 2 1/2 knuckles of his left hand showing at address.
But if you use strong grip with 3 or more knuckles of the left hand showing at address, the back of your left hand should face a bit toward the sky. If you use week grip with 2 or less knuckles, the back of your left hand should face a bit toward the ground.
So it depends on the type of grip you use.
Hitting Solid Irons Shots
It's important to hit shots with descending blow with your irons to catch the ball solid.
To do that, the shaft should lean slightly forward at impact. If the shaft is leaning toward the target at impact, that means you are catching the ball before the lowest point of the arc.
If you are lucking distance with your irons, you might want to make sure that your shaft is leaning toward the target at impact.
- Fat Shots
- Fairway Woods
- Long Iron
- Short Iron
- Pull / Push
- Shots from Rough
- Fairway Bunker