How to Use your Iron to Stop Hitting Thin Shots

By Ed Ibarguen

Can I ask you women to come with me on this one? I am talking about hitting the ball thin. Why on earth is it that so many women tend to hit the ball thin. That is blading it. That is swinging down and hitting it. Do you know what is nice about this? The superintendent loves it because you are going around the course all day and you are not touching a blade of grass.

Why You're Hitting Thin Shots

That practice swing might be the most that club ever comes down into the ground. I have watched some men have had the same problem and it goes to this. You have to understand that the club needs to come down. Golf is meant to take a divot in front of the ball and have the club keep coming down in front to a low point in front of the ball. When you come in here watch the arc of this swing. It comes in here and when it reaches its low point it is behind the ball and now it is on the way up.

You see a lot of people hit thing shots by coming in this way. See how the shaft is pointing forward. I know my wife when I was helping her learn the game she did not want to take a divot. She said my goodness, the grass is so beautiful I don't want to hit it. Then I kept insisting and you know what, she does this, hacks into the ground and says oh that hurt my left arm. I don't want to do that. Then for the next couple of weeks she gets in there not touching the ground and hurting her arm.

How to Practice Following Through

What I want you to understand that in the turf that is no the ground, and stay with me on this, if I take a tee and stick it in the ground to find out where does the ground get hard. Here it is, about an inch underneath the ball. Imagine, this golf ball is sitting on a piece of turn that is like a tee every time. You have this beautiful cushion that you can let this club swing down and hit that ball but instead, you are brushing over the top of it. We have talked a lot in my lessons about trying to get that clubface to move forward, but I think the first thing you need to do is to have a commitment.

This iron is going to be swing down into the ground and it is going to be ball first, ground second. Ball first, ground second. Start with some short irons, maybe just a little sand wedge where you will come back half way and start to feel the clubhead brushing the ground and little by little notice that I am taking a little more of a divot, a little more of a divot, a little more of a divot and you will start to realize that does not hurt at all.

In fact, when my divot is in front of the ball there is no pain whatsoever. Make that commitment. Start getting your mind into a picture of hitting down and you are going to start hitting better shots and get rid of those thin shots.

Category: Fat & Thin Shots
Sub Categories: Arms, Impact

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