Iron Play

  • Irons instruction with Peter Hanson

    Written by Peter Hanson on Monday, 05 September 2011

    Swede Peter Hanson has become one of the most consistent performers on the European Tour, finishing 17th in last year’s Race to Dubai with two wins and three other top tens. His swing is one of the better actions on Tour and certainly one that most golfers can learn from. In this video tip, Hanson explains the importance of good swing...

  • Create downswing lag with a tee

    Written by Tom Denby on Thursday, 04 August 2011

    Not only will your free tees and ball marker with this month’s copy of Today’s Golfer come in handy on the course, they can also help you play better golf! We’ve compiled a series of exclusive video tips and drills using your free gifts to fix common faults and help you hit the ball longer and straighter, as well...

  • Compress your irons with a tee

    Written by Tom Denby on Friday, 22 July 2011

    Not only will your free tees and ball marker with this month’s copy of Today’s Golfer come in handy on the course, they can also help you play better golf! We’ve compiled a series of exclusive video tips and drills using your free gifts to fix common faults and help you hit the ball longer and straighter, as well as sharpening...

  • Stop the shanks

    Written by Tom Denby on Friday, 15 July 2011

    Not only will your free tees and ball marker with this month’s copy of Today’s Golfer come in handy on the course, they can also help you play better golf! We’ve compiled a series of exclusive video tips and drills using your free gifts to fix common faults and help you hit the ball longer and straighter, as well...

  • Left shoulder over left foot

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 15 April 2011

    Sometimes, in an effort to clear the hips in the downswing when striking your irons, the spine leans away from the target excessively. This will often lead to either fat or thin shots when the clubhead reaches the ball before the butt end of the club. As TG Elite Pro Gareth Johnston explains in this golf video tip, the club needs...

  • Gain connection perfection

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 15 April 2011

    Do you suffer from a lack of power specifically with your irons? It could be because your arms become disconnected from the chest during the swing. When the arms move independently of the body, it can be difficult to use the larger muscles, like the shoulders and legs, to generate the power, as TG Elite Teaching Pro Gareth Johnston explains...

  • On-plane takeaway drill

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 15 April 2011

    Golfers struggling to control the dispersion of their iron shots usually do so because there is too much rotation of the clubface through the hitting area. This fault makes it difficult to square the clubface consistently and also increases the likelihood of applying sidespin on the ball. This drill from TG Elite Teaching Pro Gareth Johnston helps you swing the club...

  • Keep your eyes level

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 25 March 2011

    Excessive weight transfer away from the target in the backswing makes it extremely difficult to return the weight back to the ball in time for impact. Improve your iron play technique by trying to keep your the eyes level to the floor during the golf swing, as TG Elite Pro Gareth Johnston explains in this golf video tip. This will help you...

  • Compress your irons

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 25 March 2011

    The goal with an iron in your hand is to apply a downward blow on the ball, compressing the ball into the turf allowing the natural loft on the club to work. Often, as TG Elite Teaching Pro Gareth Johnston explains in this video tip, amateur golfers have a tendency to back away from the target in the downswing, resulting in...

  • Practice with a sawn-off finish

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 25 March 2011

    A common fault amateur golfers suffer with is when the arms become disconnected from the chest in the followthrough. This movement produces severe problems with strike that need to be addressed if your scores are to improve. So as a practice drill, try holding a sawn-off follow through when working on your iron play. This helps the arms stay connected to...

  • Draw your irons

    Written by Chris Ryan on Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    Now you can gain an extra few yards with your irons hitting that sought-after right-to-left shape the Tour Pros hit with regularity. This video tip from TG Elite Pro Chris Ryan will show you how. Apologies for the poor sound quality. This instruction video was shot on location at Oceânico Amendoeira, Portugal. Visit The Oceânico website for more details.  ...

  • Improve your swing at home – credit card drill

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Monday, 31 January 2011

    One of the most common faults among the swings of amateur golfers is the ‘Chicken wing’, where the left arm gets separated from the body through impact, leading to a weak, scoopy actions and poor strikes! Cure this fault by trying this simple credit card drill at home explained by TG Elite Teaching Pro Adrian Fryer. You’ll soon find your upper...

  • Key downswing move for extra distance

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday, 12 November 2010

    Do you block your iron shots? It could be because you lose your posture angles you had at impact when you strike the ball. The key move you need to master in your downswing to avoid this is a small bump of the pelvis towards the target, as TG Elite Teaching pro Rob Watts explains during this video tip. This will help...

  • Keep connected for iron play consistency

    Written by Richard Ellis on Friday, 01 October 2010

    The key to achieving a solid strike on the ball with your iron shots is to make sure that all the parts of the body are working together in sync. A great way to feel this is connection is to make some practice swings with the butt of the club placed in the belly, as Richard Ellis explains in this golf...

  • Left hand grip tip

    Written by Rob Watts on Monday, 20 September 2010

    Want to hit straighter golf shots? Well the way you hold the club in your left hand is the most effective way of squaring the clubface at impact. Try the drill in this video tip from TG Elite Teaching Pro Rob Watts. It’ll get your grip spot on, which gives you the best chance of hitting your irons straighter than you...

  • Rehearse approach shots correctly

    Written by Lee Scarbrow on Friday, 27 August 2010

    You can’t expect to hit the green with your approach shot if you don’t rehearse the shot correctly with your practice swing. In this video tip, TG Elite Teaching Pro Lee Scarbrow explains how rehearsing the shot correctly with a fully committed practice swing will result in improved success on your approach shots!  ...

  • Hit a draw on a par 3 tee

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    Long par 3s require a strong ball flight. Any weak shape of shot or a poor contact means the ball will finish short of the green and we all know that’s where the trouble is! So your goal when standing on the tee, providing the wind and pin position allow, should be to hit a nice, strong draw into the green to ensure...

  • Master the punch shot

    Written by Adrian Bishop on Monday, 21 June 2010

    The key to sending the ball out low when the wind is in your face is to get your sternum ahead of the ball at impact. This will guarantee you reduce the dynamic loft, which is the angle of the clubface at impact. In this golf video tip, TG Elite Teaching Pro Adrian Bishop demonstrates all the set-up changes you need...

  • Play The Ball Above Your Feet With Graeme McDowell

    Written by Graeme McDowell on Sunday, 20 June 2010

    New US Open champion Graeme McDowell has just become the first European player to win the event in 40 years and he did so at the ultra-difficult Pebble Beach Golf Links where difficult lies are commonplace. Here he tells you how to play a shot with the ball above your feet: This is a really tough shot. The slope is trying...

  • Play The Ball Below Your Feet With Graeme McDowell

    Written by Graeme McDowell on Sunday, 20 June 2010

    New US Open champion Graeme McDowell has just bagged his first major championship at Pebble Beach - where difficult lies are commonplace. Here he tells you how to play a shot with the ball below your feet: This is a really tough shot because the ground is throwing your weight forwards, and you need to make a conscious effort to stay...

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