How to Hit it Solid with Short Irons
The common mistakes when hitting short irons are
1) Wrong ball position
2) Trying to lift the ball in the air
2) Incorrect swing plane
If you can fix those problems, you will soon start to hit it solid. It's really fun to watch the ball going real high in the air and stop quickly on the green.
Beginners tend to place the ball well left of center with short iron because they are trying to help the ball in the air.
But if you put it too far forward, you will start hitting it fat, thin, pull shots or slice.
The correct ball position is different from person to person. But start by placing it in the center of your stance.
This will make it easier to catch the ball with a descending blow for solid contact.
Trust Your Loft
Trying to lift the ball in the air is the worst thing you can do with a short iron. When you see tour players, none of them are doing so unless they are hitting special type of shots.
You are going to have to trust the loft to get the ball airborne and swing with a slight descending blow.
See Tips and Drills to Hit it with a Descending Blow (Strike) for more information.
There are two factors which will get the ball airborne. They are the loft on the club and the amount of backspin you put on the ball.
To get more backspin, you need to hit the ball and then the turf with a slight descending blow.
- Fat Shots
- Fairway Woods
- Long Iron
- Short Iron
- Pull / Push
- Shots from Rough
- Fairway Bunker