Many players consider a golf short irons swing, a shot that requires less than a full swing, to be one of the toughest in the game. However, this distance control swing is not as complicated as it appears. We are simply going to work on making a smaller version of your full swing.
Practicing your golf short irons swing will help you develop both your approach shots and your full swing.
A couple of important key tips before we get started.
Key Tip: Always remember that the longer the shot the longer the swing and the shorter the shot the shorter the swing. Your swing tempo should be constant. This concept above all else will help you master these shots.
Key Tip: Use a clock reference. Your golf ball is at 6 o’clock, and your head is at 12 o’clock. Your hands act as the hour hand. As a right handed player you will make micro adjustments to your swing between 8 and 10.
No matter what length control swing you need to make, they all start the same way.
This length swing is the one I always start with when working with a player on their distance control swing. If your practice time is limited, then I would suggest working primarily on this length of swing. It is a great reference point. If you know precisely how far you hit all your wedges with this swing then it will be easier to adjust to a slightly shorter or longer swing depending on the length of your shot.
There are two ways to feel the length of your golf swing. One is to feel the position of your hands, while the other is to feel your club head. There is debate as to which one is better or easier. I suggest using the one that feels better to you. I let my players decide which method suits them best and then I teach to that concept.
In my experience, most players tend to find the hand position at 9 o’clock easier. Therefore, this lesson is written based on the hand position. If you prefer to use your club as the reference, please add two hours to the position on the clock.
The 9 o’clock swing has a swing length where your lead hand (left for right handed players) will be at 9 o’clock.
Once you have completed the takeaway;
Key Tip: When teaching I refer to this as ‘thumbs up’. You should feel like your thumbs are pointing towards the sky. You should feel your wrists hinge at the base of your thumbs.
Downswing and impact;
After working on the 9 o’clock swing, this swing is the same technique, only a shorter swing.
If you need to hit a longer shot than your 9 o’clock swing then make your swing a little longer by getting your arms and hands to 10 o’clock. Everything else stays the same.
I hope you found this lesson helpful. Good luck with your practicing and playing.
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