Stop Leaving Short Irons Short

By Steve Silverman

The psychology of the game often takes years for many players to understand. This is especially true when the subject of short-iron play comes up. Once you are within 100 to 150 yards of the green, you will most likely want to use your 7-, 8- or 9-irons. These are easier clubs to hit and you should be in a prime position to put your ball on the green. But many golfers end up leaving their shots short of the green.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Pick up your 7-iron when you are about 140 yards from the green and hit it fully to land it near the flagstick. Don't baby the shot. You are not going to hit it over the green. However, that's not the thought process of many golfers when they pick up their short irons. As a result of worrying about going past the green, golfers often leave the shot short. Hit it fully. Don't swing from the heels and try to kill it, but don't baby it either.
Step 2
Use your 8-iron when you are 120 yards away from the hole. This club will give you plenty of height and soft landing. Hit it fully and it will stick the green if you have used the proper mechanics
Step 3
Grab your 9-iron when your ball is about 100 yards from the green. You can pitch it on to the green from that distance or you can chip it as well. No matter which option you choose, you can bring the club back smoothly, turn your hips and bring your hands through without taking anything off the swing. You don't want to leave it short.
Step 4
Take any negative thoughts out of your head when you are hitting your short irons. Take a look at the green area. In most cases, there are more hazards in front of the green than there are in back of it. Don't leave your short irons short.
Step 5
Go to the driving range to test out your short irons. Swing fully with all of them and watch what happens when you swing fully and you make full contact. The ball starts out like it will go well past the 150-yard mark but it never does. The physics of a good golf swing and the angle of the club will prevent that from happening.

Tips & Warnings

Hit your short irons with confidence. These are the clubs you can attack the green with. Don't worry about hitting long. That thought process will lead you to baby your shot and leave it short.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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