How to Hit Pin-Seeking Irons

By Steve Silverman

One of the primary differences between an average golfer and a very good one is the ability to hit the ball accurately with irons. The difference between a good player and an excellent one is the ability to get those iron shots within just a few feet of the pin. To get the most out of your iron shots, golfers need to have an aggressive attitude and attack the flag with confidence. Many times a golfer picks up an iron and is afraid of flying over the green if he swings it firmly, but experience will show that if you club yourself correctly and swing it fully, you can get the ball near the pin.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Learn the nuances of your game. You need to know how far you can hit the ball with your 3-, 4-, 5-, 7- and 8-irons. Once you have built a repeatable swing, determining your distance with each club is simply a matter of going to the driving range and seeing how far you hit each club. Bring a notebook with you so you can easily remember how far you hit each club.
Step 2
Play the 3- and 4-irons one ball length closer to your front foot in your stance. This will help you get this ball up in the air. The 3- and 4-irons have less loft than the other irons.
Step 3
Snap your hips through the hitting zone. When using a wood, it is best to be steady and smooth in your swing. Once you have mastered your iron play, you can be a little quicker through the hitting zone to get more distance.
Step 4
Realize that the well-struck iron will have a bit of right-to-left action on it as it approaches the green. Take this into account as you are lining up your target. If you are playing on a day without much wind, aim to the right of the target.
Step 5
Finish high when using your 7- and 8-irons. This will give the ball the stopping action you desire when you are 120 to 150 yards from the green. You want your shot to get high in the air and land softly. Finishing your follow through by bringing the club up high will help you get this stopping action.

Tips & Warnings

Strike your irons with confidence. Once you know your distances, you should be able to control where the ball will end up when you put a good swing on the ball.

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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