Make a short backswing
With a 9-iron, all you need to do is take your hands back to waist height with just a touch of wrist hinge. This will give you about 25 yards of carry and 15 yards of roll. (If you need to hit it farther, use a 8-iron. For shorter shots, drop to a pitching wedge.) Notice how my lower body is calm and relaxed. Start sliding here and you'll have trouble making crisp contact.