How To Hit Your IRONS PURE | Me And My Golf

– So welcome to The
Leadbetter Golf Academy world headquarters in Champions
Gate Orlando, Florida. And it’s time for our
brand new coaching plan Ultimate Irons. – Yes it is and we’re gonna
be showing you each week exactly what to practice
on the driving range, as well as helping you understand some of the complex things in golf, and brushing up on your equipment, as well as taking you
out on the golf course helping you with that
all important strategy. This is stage one, let’s go. (iron smelting) (upbeat music) So when it comes to ball striking Piers, we have to really start at the set up because the set up really is the, as per start point really
is gonna allow us to get this ball turf contact
and we’re gonna focus on just a few things that the guys can do. And just have some awareness about really, what’s a base guideline
for them they can think of. – Yeah, absolutely, we’re
talking about three things here. So we’re talking about the
weight distribution times two. And we’re also talking
about the ball position. So first of all, with
the weight distribution if we thinking where it is relative to our heels and our toes. Now if we go too much onto our toes, or too much onto our heels, it will throw us off balance
when we’re hitting golf shots. So you want to imagine that the weight is running right through
the middle of the feet. So if you imagine right
through the middle of the feet is a good place to be. Now weight distribution, front to back, we’re talking about something
that kinda blows the theory at to what it always has been,
we’ve always been told with weight distribution
that we should be 50/50 in our set up with an iron. Now actually, the best hitters
in the world with their irons are actually favoring
their lead side more. So we want you to favor this lead side, at least 55% to 60% of pressure
on this lead leg at set up is a really good place for you to start because it really does allow
you then as you said, Andy, to get the ball first
contact as much as we can. – And you can see you got to
stick on the ground Piers. I presume this is talking
about ball position. – It is. – This is a question that
we get asked all the time, where should the ball
position be with an A time, with a sun wedge with the full iron. So let’s just clear up, something simple for the guys at home. – Yeah look, there are
different ways of doing this. But the one way that we like
is the constant ball position where the ball position is
pretty much in the same place for all of the irons. So the way to do this
is, as you said Andy, we’ve got the alignment
stick on the ground that is perpendicular
90 degrees to my target. So what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna get the club head I’m gonna place it on the
alignment stick like so, and then get it on the
inside of my lead heel. Now, this is where we want you to run your ball position from
relative to this front leg, so that will not move now. So if I’ve got a pitching wedge, I’m gonna have a narrower stance. So you can see now if
this is my pitching wedge. That ball is almost in
the middle of my stance relative to my feet. But then as I go to the longer clubs, I’ve got a seven iron here you’ll see that’s probably where I’ll
be for the seven iron. By time I get out to the three iron, you’ll see that I’ve got this golf ball a lot further away from this back leg. So relative to my feet and my body. It is now actually further
forward in the stance which kinda makes sense
for a lot of golfers but this is such a simple way. If you can know that all
you got to do is have a, one club head inside your heel like so, and then just move your trail foot depending on the iron the
eating, it’s very simple. – I really like that and a lot of people try moving their ball position about for every different club and get confused and get a lot of mixed results. This really allows you to stay
consistent, keeps it simple and you get a lot more consistent results. – But well that’s the key because if you’re gonna
hit a lot of golf balls, which we gonna ask you to do
throughout this coaching plan, you need to make sure that
you’re on a consistent base, if your ball position
is different every week, then obviously your results are gonna be quite scattered and varied. – Okay, well let’s take shot them Piers and what we’re gonna do is
get into the assessment. The assessment is so key today but just take a look Piers set up here, ball position in a decent
place forward of center. And you can see for here little bit of pressure on that lead leg. And that should allow him, providing he puts a good swing on it, he still gonna it swing well. – So what here, a good swing, Andy. – There you go and there’s that divot just passed the golf ball and this is what we’re
gonna get you to do shortly. Okay, well the first start
points when we are looking at effectively striking the golf ball well and you see the best players in the world take this ball followed by the turf, and we all really want to do
that but we need to really have an understanding of where we are. So where are you at the moment, and this is how we’re gonna do this Piers talk us through the assessment. – Okay, so what we’ve got is, you may have seen us do this before, we’ve got a spray paint line or chalk line on the ground like so, again, that’s going
perpendicular to my target. So this is gonna be our reference points when we’re hitting the shots. So what we’re gonna do is
gonna get the golf balls, I’m gonna lay them on
top of the line, okay. So if you haven’t got grass, we’ll show you what we’re gonna
to do with this in a moment. So if you have to go for driving range, there’s still an option for you. So I’m gonna lay five golf
balls on here, you can do 10, but a minimum of five. So now that we’ve got the
golf balls on this line, what we’re asking you
to do is to hit shots with the objective of not
hitting any grass really, before this line, you’re okay hitting the
ball on the line together. I mean, if you can hit the ball and after the line, then that’s fantastic. But the one thing we wanna do is we wanna avoid getting
any sort of significant divot action before that line. So that’s what we’re
looking for, on the grass. – If you are practicing off grass, I would do this every single
time you got on the golf course this is so good because it
really shapes how you think and shapes how you move because
your focus is very external, you’re focusing on hitting
past the golf ball. And the best players in the
world would consistently hit this ground past where that line is. – So if you have a towel,
all you do with the towel is you just lay it on the ground, four golf balls on the
ground from the towel, and then move the back three out. And then suddenly, we want
to hit this golf ball here. Now you would think well,
actually what you want about if I can miss this, I could
hit the ground here still, no, that won’t happen. If you are gonna hit the ground here. By the time the club gets to
the towel, it will hit it. So if you are before that
line, you will hit that towel. So this is still very effective practice when you’re in the driving range. – I’ll so you if you got a
mat then this is perfect. – And you could do both
of these by the way, you can do both of these. So this is the assessments,
the first part of it. The next thing we need you to
do is we need you to video, your golf swing from the front on view. So this is really important as well because is gonna show you the shape of what you’re doing with your golf swing. So once I take my set up like
so, we want the camera again almost as though it’s pointing
on this shot line here, we want the camera coming in at 90 degrees to the target line pointing
directly at my hands. So this is exactly where you
need to point that camera and we’ll tell you in a moment
why we are taking that shot. – Okay, so let’s, we got five balls, but we got four on there. Let’s get another one on there like this, put that on there for you. So this is the first step. The first step to this
plan is just actually hitting five to 10 golf balls off here and actually just seeing
what’s going on here. So Piers is gonna fire these away, and then we’re gonna
assess and see how good Piers ball striking is. See it needs a bit of work – Under pressure. And I shot, by the flag a little bit of ground
interaction before the line. (upbeat music) There we go so there’s a bad one. That’s the ground before (mumbles). – We generally see that when
the club digs in and twists. – There we go, straightaway able to make a re-correction on that one. Probably the best one. That was pretty nice as well. – Very nice, so, some good shots there. I mean, this is the great thing now, because this is what’s
gonna give you the awareness of what your ball striking is like and whether you need improvement and where you need improvement. So Piers here is hit one bad shot there, which was a little bit before the line, but the rest are actually
pretty good here. So from here we might often
see that there’s a lot of ground before the golf ball here. And if you are doing that, then you know that you need some improvement,
we need to move your what we call the low points
we’ll talk about that later. A little further past the golf ball, but this is a great starting point Piers because it not only gives you awareness, or highlights what you’re sort
of maybe a little bit weak at but it also gives you a great drill to go and practice as well doesn’t it? – Is exactly what you just said there. This is something that
you should continue to do, when you are training all
the time, put the line down or put the towel down
is definitely gonna help – Definitely, so this
is the first part guys make sure you hit the
five to 10 golf balls just to create some awareness it’s a great drill is gonna help. (upbeat music) Right this is golf lingo
and we’re helping you guys understand some important golf terms that can get a little bit confusing and we’re talking low point Piers. What does low points mean? – Okay, so low points if we
think about the club head and how that travels around the body. So if we look at this here, so if we was putting an arc on this club, we can say that the club
arcs around the body back and through, low point is the
lowest points of that arc. Now what we want to do Andy
ideally is have that low point actually after the golf ball. So if we look at this here, as I swing up and then come back down, I want
my lowest part of the swing, so the low points to
be after the golf ball, if it is after the golf ball, it probably means we have ripped it straight on for the target. – Exact, so this means the
club head is traveling down as it strikes the golf ball
before it then works back up. So important to understand, and
this is what’s gonna help us get this solid ball
straight with the iron. So Piers is gonna hit one
now and we’re gonna see where his low points is on the track man. (beep) And that was a beautiful golf shot. And the low point now was 7.1
inches past the golf ball. So you certainly were
hitting down on that one. So that is low points. – Alright, so it’s time
to get into the hips. But before that if you
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over to – Okay Piers, so let’s
talk about the hips, the hips play a huge role
in creating this nice, solid strike and coached
for a number of years and a lot of people come
to us, and they’re often having some issues with
what the hips are doing. And this really just
changed what the low point does in a golf swing and make it very difficult to
produce a consistent swing. So let’s talk through some
of the things that we see. Some of the things that we don’t wanna see and then talk us through
what we do wanna see. – Absolutely, okay, so
let’s start off with probably the main reason why
we got you to video yourself, because we’re talking about
the swing for the sway. So the sway happens in the backswing if we imagine there’s a line
from the outside of the ankle to the hip here. When you analyze it, so
if I was a swing back now and I were to move through that line, that is what we call a sway. So let’s just do that a couple more times. Notice as I move through what
happens to my hip turn, well, not a lot, I don’t get a lot of hip turn, as I move back through that line. Now how easy is it for
me to get my low points after the golf ball, it’s
gonna be very difficult if my hips aren’t advancing
towards a target enough, and you’re probably gonna find that you’re gonna be bottoming
out before the golf ball. Whereas what we’re after, if
we have that line in again, is that when we’re swinging back that we either stay on
that line, or even move in from that line ever so slightly
at the top of the backswing, that makes it a lot
easier now for me to shift and move towards a target. So when I’m striking the golf ball now, you can see that my lead hip is forward, that means that my low
points will be later. So if you have any
excessive movement like this away from the target, it’s
gonna be very difficult for you to get your hips forward, when
you’re striking a golf ball. – And a high percentage of
people watching this video will have an issue with
that in the back swing. So really make sure that when
you video your golf swing, look at that, if you
have got a bit of a sway, we’re gonna show you how
to correct it right now. We’ve got a couple of great drills Piers, let’s go through the first
one that they can do. – Okay, so we got the alignment sticks, I’m gonna give you this one because I’m gonna be a little bit lazy and ask you to help me out a little bit. – [Andy] I can help you. – So I’m gonna get the
alignment stick here, I’m just gonna poke it
through the belt loops. Very, very simple. Now make sure when you do this, the alignment stick stays
majority out on your lead side. So from there, I’ll take my set up, I’m gonna ask Andy to place that alignment
stick on the ground. Now it’s probably approximately 45 degrees with how he’s done that, so
it’s approximately 45 degrees. So what we’re gonna do is we’re
gonna use this as a guide. So the alignment stick
here, as I swing back, I want to feel that I at least match up the one on the ground. So I want to feel that I
at least match that up. So you can see as I’m doing this now, I have a bigger hip turn
and I’m not swaying. If I was just sway, I probably
find that alignment stick doesn’t turn enough to get to this alignment stick on the ground. So this a great visual for
you to make these back swings and rehearse them and say,
“Yeah, I’m moving those hips more and as a result, I’m not
swaying away from the target”. – Really love this stroke
because it gets the hips rotating early in the backswing and if
we can start early like this, then really is no room for that sway. Now, one thing to pay
attention Piers to this, and maybe something for the guys at home, what if they can’t rotate very much. – Of course, exactly. – Is any another option. – There are indeed, like you said, if there’s a little bit
of stiffness in this hip, we can get this trail foot here, and we can actually flare it out. So you can point it a
little bit more behind you. Soon as I do that, now, I can
rotate that hip even more. Another way we can do this, obviously would never stick
on the ground for this one as you can pull the right foot back so your target line is a little bit close. But again, it’s pre-setting the
hips and turning them early, is a lot easier in your
backswing as a result. So again, you’re just giving yourself room and you’re opening out this
right side to help you. – So many benefits from doing this. Okay, Piers let’s hit a
shot then with this drill and then we’re gonna
showcase another drill that you guys can really have a look at and see which one’s gonna work for you in your practice this
week because this is where the majority of the time is gonna spend on the range for you. And this is where the real
work is gonna be done in certainly in stage one. – Okay, so I’m just gonna
again couple more rehearsal getting that alignment stick moving early. And then I can hit the shot. And it’s interesting, is
how many times we get people to do this Andy and they
hit a draw straight away. Just like that. – I’m sure you guys would
wanna hit a draw as well. Okay, next drill for us Piers. Now the next one is
something that you can do. I mean, this is on the driving range if you wanna do on the driving range, but certainly practice area
or on the range mat as well. – Yeah, absolutely, obviously,
if you’re on a range mat, then you need a basket to prop this up. So we spoke about the fact
that we wanted to turn early, we spoke about the fact that
we wanted to maybe move in a little bit with our hips as well, this is what’s gonna help you with this. So I’m gonna take my set
up, and then from there, I’m gonna get this alignment to come, just gonna push it into the ground, obviously if you got a basket on range mat that’ll prop that in there. So from here now, and especially
if you’re on the grass to put the ball on a tee
peg when you’re doing this because you don’t wanna
be moving too much. So as I swing now, again, if I sway I’m gonna be moving into the stick, so we don’t want to do that. So what I’m gonna do is as I swing back, I’m gonna feel as though my leg comes away from that stick a little bit. So again, I’m turning my hips, early, and I’m moving in from that stick. This is the key feeling that
you need with this low body. So if you want to hit shots
with that in place you can do, if you want to take it out and just still get that same
feeling then that’s fine. Should I hit shot. – Yeah, hit one with this
one again, we’ll just see exactly what we do in line. So Piers tends to work in from that line. But this really helps
them create a good turn and create some room
in the dancing as well. – That was a beautiful little draw. – And then draw a beautiful strike, you can see the ball followed by the turf. Now this is your practice this week, what we really recommend
now that, you actually pick one of these drills,
find a drill that really works for you, that resonates, that gives you the correct feeling. Continue to actually video your golf swing and see which performs the best but want you to hit 40 golf
balls, but not 40 golf balls, rapid fire, take your time, do the drills, make sure you’re working on
creating the right feeling. Maybe use a mirror if you’ve got a mirror on the driving range, but
it is quality over quantity we want with this and if you can do that, you’re gonna start to
really improve the hips. And you starting then to really
create the right environment that’s really gonna make this
ball striking so much cleaner. – So there’s your practice for this week. Now, don’t go anywhere,
because it’s almost time to get you on the golf course. (iron smelting) (upbeat music) – Where is the center of the golf club? Well, as you can imagine,
it’s the center of the face and a touch below it, but
the maximum energy transfer comes dead from center, 72%
of amateurs will strike it slightly low in the blade,
it’s just the nature when the club comes into the ground, with the ball not being on a tee, you actually do hit
slightly low in the blade. So on this particular model, this sim max, we’ve got a speed pocket that
gives more energy transfer to the bottom part of the face. If you miss the middle of the face, then you’re gonna lose energy. Unlike a wood, a metal wood, there isn’t this mass back here. So the center of gravity of an iron is very close to the face, which means you don’t get
what’s called gear effect, when the ball will spin
back to the middle. So if you do happen to miss the center, you’re gonna lose energy. If you lose energy, you don’t hit your yardages, all problems. So we’ve got the center of the club being the prime place to strike,
and anywhere slightly below on these more forgiving
irons is gonna help you out. (iron smelting) (upbeat music) So we’re now in the place
section of the plan. And this is what we’re
bringing to you each stage, things that you can do
out on the golf course, that are gonna help your irons when the beautiful 17 par
three here at Champions Gate. Now before we get into
teeing ground strategy, we’ve got some homework for you. Now what we want you to
do is really important, if we are looking to improve something, we want to measure it so for
the next couple of weeks, we want you to actually measure
how many fairways you hit and how many greens you hit in regulation. And what we mean by in
regulation, a par three, if you hit the green in one,
you’re running regulation, if you hit the green in two on
a par four, that’s regulation and if you hit the green
in three on a par five, that’s regulations as well. So we want you to record those results for the whole 18 holes. And what we’re gonna see is really, what are your stats looking like, how many fairways you’re hitting, and how many greens are you hitting, and then we can start to
see some improvements. And also some areas in your game that may need a little
bit more improvement, but it’s a great benchmark for you to do. So that’s what we want you
to do for the next two weeks. Piers teeing ground par three. This is so important, just as a few things that we need to think about to get right that they can do this week and practice that can really make a difference to hitting the green corner. – Yeah, definitely, I
mean, look, the first one is gonna sound really
strange is the actually the level of the ground
now here Champions Gate it all the tees are flats,
but some golf courses that we’ve played up
before, obviously Andy, the ground can be a bit uneven. So make sure that you are
avoiding those uneven lies, unless you want to play a draw
or fade because of the lie. And I think the other thing
that we see when golfers come to the teeing ground is
they go for the middle. Put a ball in the middle,
that’s the middle straight and that’s all they’re going to do. Whereas we need to use
the whole environment. So you need to understand how much you’ve got to use as well. So you’ve got anywhere in
between the tee markers and then two club lengths
back away from that, you can even see the golf ball up here and be standing outside of the
tee markers that is allowed as long as the golf ball
is in that rectangle, then you’re absolutely fine. Then we need to think
about your shot shape. So if you’re someone
who fades the golf ball for the right handed golfer
fades out to the right, you’re much better off teeing up on the right hand side of the tee box. So you’re then hitting down almost towards the middle of the green on the
left hand side of the green and then allowing your ball to fade back towards the middle of the green. Now if you’re a draw of the
goal ball you wanna be over here on the left hand side again, it just gives you a much better view than to hit out towards the right and then let it fall back
into the middle of the green because the last thing
you’d wanna be doing Andy, if you are on the right
hand side of the tee, with that flag on the right
there playing your draw you’re probably gonna hit it in a hazard – Exactly changes your perception of how you looking at the whole. So aiming teeing up over here sort of, allows you to aim little bit more or less. Certainly gives you a
different look as a whole and gives you a better
chance of hitting the green. – I think the thing to do is
when you get on the golf course just stand in different
areas on the tee and go, Oh yeah, there’re right, you can change your
perception of the whole. – Second thing we need to look at as well is the tee markers. Where are the tee markers pointing it’s so easy to stand on the tee and just line up with the tee markers. Now these currently are aiming slightly down the left hand side. So pay attention to that. And when you come and
stand behind the golf ball, really make sure that you almost ignore the direction of where the tees are and focus exactly where you want to aim these can often influence you in some way. – Absolutely, and when you’re
on the teeing ground as well on a par three, look at the flag. So for instance, you may,
and we will talk about whether you should be
going for flags or not. But ultimately in this
instance here, the last shot you want to be playing is
a draw because of the where the flag is and that’s
that’s your natural shape. This flag here when is on the
right definitely suits more of a fade when it comes to play the shot. – Okay, so what about sort of teeing the goal ball up down this? – Well, I’m just gonna
go here for a start, I’m not gonna hit my goal ball from here, but I’m gonna talk about this because this is a little bit of a bugbear myself and yours Andy, when
people are on the teeing grounds often will find that when
people tee the golf ball up, they tee it up too high. Now you know where the sweet spot is now and the sweet spots, well
I’m gonna do very well to hit the sweet spot if
tee the golf ball that high but I think we’re thinking, oh I wanna make sure I
get the ball in the air, so I’ll tee it high, what you will get the
golf ball in the air, but what’s gonna happen is
in a very high in the face, you’re going to miss the sweet spots. And as you know, you’re going
to lose that ball speed, you’re going to lose that distance when it comes to play the shot. So just make sure you tee it down lower. – And we’ve worked so
hard on trying to get this downward strike on the golf ball. So why tee it up that’s gonna
encourage an upward strike and it’s just not exactly
what you’re gonna be used to when you’re on a golf course. – Okay, so definitely make
sure you wanna be teeing up something like that there. So obviously is only just off the ground. – So what about club
selection Piers because again, something that we see, when
we’re taking our clients on the golf course or
playing with friends, club selection is something
they can consistently get wrong. Especially when they’re well protected, especially short of the
green lot of bunkers and the water short here. What should we be thinking about? – Well, you know what the one
rule that will always say to is people is club up, because generally we’ll
see people come up short. And I think a lot of
golfers don’t really know how far they carry the golf ball, they’ve hit that seven
iron ones to win 165 yards because it bounced and roll 25 yards. And I think that’s what
they should be trying to hit on these par threes. Generally when you get
into these par threes, the golf ball is going to stop as soon as it hits the ground. So first thing we say is
definitely club up to start with. The second thing is figure out how far you actually hit these clubs. Now you can do this on the golf course, the easiest way is to
get a gapping session going find a fitter, who can
actually help you with this get on a track man or
any other launch monitor and get those yardages, but bear in mind as we go through this plan, those yardages are going to change because
you’re probably going to become more efficient with those irons. – Definitely most amateurs
definitely overestimate the yardage and just sometimes look, we’re not gonna find
the middle of that club every single time, the best players in the
world don’t do that. So allow for a little bit of a
miss hit every now and again. You’re gonna be much
better off maybe slightly at the back of the green
as opposed to shot one in the bunker you, your scores are gonna
be thankful for that. – I think if you state
your stats on one round where you just hitting
the normal shots here and then the next round, take
your stats and just club up. That’s the only thing that you
did, you’ll hit more greens. – Okay, so what are you
gonna show me your strategy on this piece, where you’re
gonna play your shot from and talk us through it. – Okay, so we’re gonna talk
more about strategy obviously, as we go through the plan. We’ve gone through a lot of
information here but ultimately, there’s water hazard on the
rise, the flags on the rise I’m not hitting anywhere near the right so I’m going over here (laughs). – That’s a sensible
decision there’s loads of space to the left of that and
look statistically par threes are the hardest holes on the golf course. Most pros are even a little
bit overpowering these Piers. – Absolutely yeah, they aren’t in deed. So yeah, I’m gonna be
going middle of the green. If I get a little bit
of fade then fantastic, but it just can’t go to the right. – Yeah, so just the
heart of the green there you’re not even gonna flirt
with the flag on this one. – There you go, middle of the green. – Very nice again, working
towards the middle of the green there Piers, no danger of
going in the water there safe. Okay, that is stage one. Make sure you work on
the hips and the set up and take advantage of the teeing ground. Now if you want to take part
in the rest of the plan, make sure to click the link
in the description down below and head over to and have us coach you through
the rest of Ultimate Irons. Thanks for watching.

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