Iron Play

  • How to stop thinning and duffing iron shots

    Written by Edward Colman on 24 October 2016

    Let your stand bag lead you to a more powerful and effective strike. Fault: Thinning and duffing irons. Fix: Use your golf bag to feel a more downward attack angle. It might sound logical that thin and fat contact with your irons comes from different swing flaws, but very often they are caused by the same thing – an upward attack angle. We often...

  • Clip the tee for better ball striking

    Written by Michael Bannon on 25 August 2015

    An easy drill   Fault: Inconsistent ball striking. Fix: Try this simple little tip. It's aimed mainly at beginners and higher handicappers – but it never does any harm for stronger players to remind themselves of the basics of the game. If you struggle to hit crisp iron shots, you have to learn how to strike the ball properly. By that I mean...

  • Sharpen your ball striking with Michael Bannon

    13 August 2015

    I always like to give my pupils feels and visual aids to help ingrain any work I’ve done with them. Flooding their head with technical jargon is not going to reap the best results.  To be honest, Rory and I will often do the same – sometimes we’ll come up with a little feeling we want him to work on to cure...

  • Compress the ball for sweet iron shots

    26 May 2015

    In this golf tuition video, TG Elite Professional Adrian Fryer teaches you a drill to ensure you compress your iron shots for sweet ball-turf contact every time.

  • Improve your ball striking

    01 April 2015

    Do you want to improve your ball-striking? Mis-hits cost distance and accuracy – but how do you know where your mis-hits come from? The latest issue of Today's Golfer comes with some free fact tape – just stick it on your irons, hit some shots and you'll get instant feedback on how you're hitting ball. Once you've hit enough shots, you'll discover...

  • Bernhard Langer's low and high iron shot tutorial

    11 February 2015

    In this video tutorial, Bernhard Langer tells you how to hit high and low irons shots. Simple stance and ball position alterations, without changing your golf swing, can help you achieve this.

  • Improving Your Iron's Shaft Angle

    28 October 2014

    Gareth Benson shows you how a quick drill with an alignment stick can stop you trying to lift the ball into the air. If you’ve ever wanted to compress the ball, clear high obstacles and put a bit more spin on the ball, watch the video to see how it’s done.

  • Utility irons: how to hit a low shot when the wind is up

    20 August 2014

    Utility irons are making a comeback, as their forgiving nature and boring trajectory make them popular with players who don't want the high ball flight of a hybrid. Many of the major manufacturers have launched utilities recently, including Callaway, whose APEX utility iron was unveiled this week (August 2014). But how do you use one? Who are they aimed at? In this video,...

  • Angle of your irons

    08 August 2014

    Steve Dresser shows you how the angle of your irons at impact can affect the swing. It’s a common mistake for players to have the shaft behind the ball at impact when in fact it should be in front of the golf ball. Take a look at the video to see how he helps create a downward blow with the golf...

  • Compress your iron shots

    08 August 2014

    Gareth Johnston shows you how to promote a downward blow on your iron shots to help compress the golf ball. Take a look at the video to see how a slight change to your grip can help you get that downward strike with the club’s handle ahead of the ball at impact.

  • Monty's Masterclass: Distance control

    25 July 2014

    Colin Montgomerie explains distance control with your iron shots in this video as part of Monty's Masterclass, featured in Today's Golfer magazine. One piece of advice from Monty is finding out the lofts of all your clubs - do you know what degree your 7 iron is? Plus, find out why you need light hands at address.  Watch Monty's Masterclass: Finding...

  • Score better in the wind Iron play

    20 May 2014

    Even a 20mph wind can play havoc with a ball that weighs only 1.62 ounces. Iron play is arguably the most-affected part of the game when it’s windy – distance control becomes harder, targets get smaller and hazards seem to be bigger! In this video, former European Tour player Oliver Whiteley, based at Bramall Park GC, Stockport, explains his keys for iron...

  • Hit more consistent iron shots

    Written by Ryan Fenwick on 10 October 2013

    In this video TG Elite Teaching Professional Ryan Fenwick shows you a quick and simple drill that will help you evaluate your ball striking and improve it to the next level.

  • Add control with a punch shot

    Written by Adrian Fryer on 13 May 2013

    In this video tip TG Elite Teaching Professional Adrian Fryer talks about hitting the punch shot as part of our 25th Anniversary Best Ever Tips feature. Firing in a low flighted iron shot is not only massively useful in the wind, but can also add a level of control to your game in any pressure situation by giving you the choice to...

  • One takeaway drill, three great benefits

    Written by Scott Cranfield on 27 September 2012

    If there’s one drill you should practice on the range this winter to get your game in shape, this offering from TG Pro Scott Cranfield has got to be it. It’s so simple to do and will help create a more neutral swing direction, a smoother takeaway and better timing throughout the swing. By rolling a ball away with the back of...

  • Hit-and-stop drill

    Written by Adrian Fryer on 13 September 2012

    Golfers that don’t hit down on the ball enough with their irons, taking shallows divots if any at all, will fail to compress the ball sufficiently. This results in a weak ball flight with a lower carry distance, not to mention a low amount of control. To help improve the strike of your irons, try the hit-and-stop drill outlined here in...

  • Hammer the tee peg drill

    Written by Chris Ryan on 22 August 2012

    Amateur golfers that hit up on their irons are robbing themselves of distance and accuracy. Why? Because the golf club is designed to strike the ball as it is still moving downward. This achieves the desired compression and spin, which keeps the ball in the air for longer. In this video tip from TG Elite Pro Chris Ryan, he demonstrates a...

  • Squeeze the chest in the takeaway

    Written by Chris Ryan on 16 August 2012

    Separation between the arms and body doesn’t just have a detrimental effect on putting. It also affects the start of the golf swing, as TG Elite Pro Chris Ryan explains in this golf video tip. When the arms work upward too quickly in the takeaway, you lose the pressure between the arms and chest, which is what creates that sought-after connection.

  • What you can learn about your swing from your divots

    Written by Adrian Fryer on 26 July 2012

    Walking along the practice ground the day after the Open’s completion at Royal Lytham & St Annes, TG Elite Pro Adrian Fryer noticed how the groups of divots were uniform and shallow. Observe a group of an amateurs divots and this will rarely be the case. They will often be too deep and not point down the target line. Try Adrian’s...

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