Why Pros Hit Their Irons so Far?
When watching PGA tour on TV, sometimes we are surprised by the distance that the pros hit with their iron.
Pros can easily hit their 7 iron over 170 yards or more. That's really surprising for amateurs.
Of course, pros do lots of training and have faster clubhead speed than most amateurs. But that's not the only reason for that.
The biggest reason besides the difference in clubhead speed is the loft at impact.
For PGA Tour players, the lowest point in their swing occurs after impact with their irons. But the most amateurs’' lowest point in their swing occurs just before the impact with their irons.
This means pros deloft their irons, and amateurs add loft to their irons.
Tour pros can change the loft of their 7 irons into a 5 iron if they need to.
They don't deloft their irons this much every time. But they deloft their irons at impact to some degree on every iron shots.
How to hit it like Pros
To hit your iron like pros, you need to hit it with the descending blow.
To accomplish this, you need to do few things:
1. Make sure your left wrist is bowed through impact
2. On the downswing and through impact, face knuckles on your left hand toward the ground
3. At impact, lean your shaft toward the target
You can also prevent slice if the knuckles of your left hand are facing toward the ground through impact.
If you are big slicer, you might want to make sure your left hand knuckles are facing toward ground well after impact to prevent the clubface from opening.
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