How to Attack with Your Short Irons
Stop missing short and right and knock down the flagstick
By Brian Mogg
Top 100 Teacher
This story is for you if...
• You often leave short-iron shots short of your target
• Not only do you miss short, you miss right, too
You have 130 yards to the pin. It's an easy 9-iron and you swing away thinking birdie, but you leave the ball short and right in a bunker.
WHY IT HAPPENED
Your short-iron swing is too flat it's more like your driver swing. Your short-iron swing should be steep.
HOW TO NEVER DO IT AGAIN
Do... Play the ball in the center of your stance and move your hands forward, just left of your pants' zipper. Shift most of your weight onto your left leg and keep your shoulders level. Imagine the buttons on your shirt run down the inside of your left pant leg.
Don't... Dip your left shoulder to move your weight onto your left leg that will cause a reverse-pivot.
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Do... Keep your torso in place as you swing back, and turn your upper body away from the target just enough to make your left shoulder even with the ball. Hinge your wrists early and completely. That's what gives you a steep swing.
Don't... Take the club away low like you do with your driver. That delays your wrist hinge and ruins your timing.
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Do... Move your shirt buttons back to your left leg to help you hit down on the ball. The force of your forward motion will cause your wrists to unhinge and power the club into the back of the ball and then into the turf. Stay down and stay centered—see if you can catch a peek at your divot before you pull up into your finish.
Don't... Leave your weight on your back leg or you'll get that weak flare you're trying to avoid.