There is nothing like hitting a great drive down the middle and setting yourself up for a short iron approach shot to the green. In fact, tour players care less about how far their tee shots go and care much more about hitting a shorter club into the green.
These clubs are all your wedges, your nine and eight iron. The stronger players will even consider the seven iron as a short iron. They are literally the clubs with the shortest shafts in your bag. They also have the most loft on the clubface. This helps with height, spin and accuracy. Learning to use these clubs effectively can truly help lower your scores.
Golf Short Irons – Putting Statistics
The lessons in this section are designed to help you consistently make solid contact, create more spin and control the distance and flight of your shots. They will help you score because as the great Bobby Jones once said “the art of scoring is turning three shots into two”. Imagine being able to routinely hit your short irons close enough to one putt. How quickly would your scores drop?
After you have pondered that question regarding your own game, let’s look at it statistically. The whole point of hitting great short irons is to 1) Hit the green and 2) Leave yourself a shorter putt for your next shot. It is probably obvious as to why you would want a shorter putt, but how important is it for your score? Looking at the 100th ranked player from the 2015 PGA Tour statistics, he increases his make percentage by ~10-12% for every 5 feet he is closer to the hole.
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Golf Short Irons – Approach Statistics
On the PGA Tour from 50 to 75 yards there is a significant difference between the top player on the PGA Tour and the 100th ranked from that distance. The top player hits it almost twice as close to the hole. Taking into consideration the putting statistics above, the top ranked player has approximately a 22% better chance of making the putt. Making it easier to turn 3 shots into 2!
For every five feet you are closer to the hole after your approach, you increase your chances of making the putt by about 12%. Unless you hit your ball inside 5 feet…in which your chances skyrocket!
Let’s work on your approach shots so that you can be consistently closer to the hole… and even knock the pin down a few times!