What you need to Know about irons

A typical, off-the-shelf set of irons will include a 3-iron through pitching wedge (advertised as “3-PW”), 8 clubs total. The clubs are identified by a number (3, 4, 5, etc.) on the sole of each club, except for the pitching wedge which will have a “PW” or “P.” As you go through the set, from the 3-iron to the pitching wedge, each iron has a little more loft than the previous, and a little shorter shaft length than the previous, so each club (going from 3-iron to PW) hits the golf ball a little less distance than the previous. That is, a 5-iron has more loft, a shorter shaft, and produces shorter shots than the 4-iron; the 4-iron has more loft, a shorter shaft, and produces shorter shots than the 3-iron. The pitching wedge has the most loft, the shortest shaft, and the shortest distance in the traditional 3-PW iron set.

Ball Flight Patterns

The flight path of a golf ball is affected by 2 main factors, your swing path and the angle of your clubface as it hits the golf ball.

how to hit an iron

Here’s how to achieve proper form and ball placement.

Place the ball in the middle and maintain a square stance.
Keep more weight on left side and place hands in front of the ball.
Align your body to the right of the target.
Check grip, relax, extend left arm, turn hip with good tempo.

common mistakes

Here’s one of the common mistake the amateurs make.

A simple but important mistake that amateur golfers make is letting their weight drift onto the back foot during the backswing.  Having your weight swaying side to side during the swinging motion will cause a decrease in both accuracy and power on your drive.

Ball Placement Per Club

Knowing where the ball should be placed can also help to prevent errors durring contact.

Beginners are often told to take just one particular stance for all type of golf club you are using, whether it is a driver or the wedge of your bag. It might let you think that there is no role of a golf club in your correct ball positioning. But the truth is, you must consider the type of golf club you are using for right golf ball position. If you are using a wedge club which is the shortest club in your bag, you need to place your ball at the center between your two heels. Thus, the longer golf club you would take, the golf ball should be positioned a little closer to your foot.