The game of golf has been called a good walk spoiled--and not without reason. After all, a day on the links can be a brutal experience for those of us who don't get out and hit every day. Shanks, hooks, slices and lame ducks can cause even the staunchest of golfers to give it up. This article will show you a way to hit hard, crisp iron shots that fly straight all day long using a simple technique taken from the railroad.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Get your stance right. Set your feet shoulder width apart, place the ball between the front and back foot (preferably right in the middle), extend your arms slightly and bend your knees slightly. Now pretend you are standing on a railroad track, with just one track running under your front and back foot. Your ball is on the other track. Once again, don't overextend. Make the stance comfortable.
Pull your swing back, keeping your club head inside the outer track (the one your ball is on). This will keep you from going out with your club head and destroying the balance you developed in your approach.
Keep the principle of the railroad track in your mind as you complete your swing. This will keep your elbows in. Even on impact and follow-through, you should be trying to stay inside that outer track. A good, controlled follow-through on a level plane will keep the flight path of your ball straight and on target.
Practice all facets of the swing until it becomes second nature. Once you get to the point where you've trained your body to stay tight and inside the tracks, you can work on other things, like making more impact and cut shots.