Coast into your finish for on-target irons

Graham Gaches

Do you have a hard time hitting your longer irons straight? Most recreational golfers swing so hard with their 3-, 4- and 5-irons that they lose their balance and lose shots left and right. If long-iron accuracy isn't your strong suit, take this cue from former U.S. Ryder Cupper and six-time PGA Tour champion Hunter Mahan. Using your normal backswing and downswing, step off the throttle after impact and ease your way into the finish. Let your hands, arms and body go "soft," so that by the time your hands reach shoulder-height at the finish, your swing energy has dissipated. Finishing soft lets all that swing energy you had at impact leave your body, helping you maintain better balance and control—and knock down more flagsticks.

Weekend golfers often try to muscle their long irons through impact, which throws them off balance and destroys their accuracy. Easing up after impact lets you maintain your balance, which can help make you deadly accurate with these hard-to-hit clubs.

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