Top 3 Tips For Hitting Irons

Eric Cogorno here with Performance Golf Zone. In today’s video, we’re going to talk about
the top three tips for hitting your irons well. I’m going to give you a drill for each one
and make sure you guys get solid contact with your irons. So, let’s go over what the three drills are. Now, to me, there are specifically three things
that I want everyone to do, across the board, to hit your irons more solid. What are those three? Well, I’m going to go over them sort of quickly,
and then we’ll backtrack, and I’ll give you a drill for each one to make sure that you’re
doing it. So, the first one with the irons to make sure
that I hit the ball well. Obviously, when I’m hitting my irons, I’m
trying to strike the golf ball first, the ground second. It’s important that my low point is forward
enough of the golf ball for me to get some sort of compression there. Now, the most important part of that is my
weight transfer, or where my body is in space, meaning, the more my body is behind the ball
at any point decreases the odds of me hitting some solid shots. The more my body’s at or more forward of the
golf ball increases the odds of solid shots. The first thing I can do to control that,
and the first drill here for us, and the first tip, is weight transfer. So, when you watch good golfers here, good
ball strikers, forget about the setup and the top of the backswing for a minute, but
let’s focus just on the downswing follow-through. So, wherever you are at the top of your backswing,
you want to start to get your weight pressing into your left foot. You want to start to get you moving forward
towards the target, pushing off your right foot, pushing into your left foot, to the
point where you get to your finish position and your right foot is just up on your toe. There’s essentially no pressure on it. Basically, all of you is up over your left
leg. If you make swings where you hang back too
far on your right foot, that increases the odds of fat and thin shots quite dramatically. So, that’s tip number one, is let’s get you
from the top off your right foot and getting onto your left. Now, there’s two key checkpoints for this. Number one, I have a drill, for here which
I’m just going to use another club. Now, here’s how we set this up here. So, I’ll take another club, and when I take
my normal setup position, I go ahead and I’m going to take this club, and from the down-the-line
perspective, I’m going to just put the club head underneath my heel, so it’ll sit something
like this. So, the club is underneath my right heel here. The club is sort of angled back. Now, this is how you first check now to see,
am I getting off my right foot, am I transferring weight? This is the first part. So, I would make a swing here without a ball,
and the objective is, by the time you get to your finish position, you want this club
to have fallen to the ground. You want your right heel to come up as you
get into your follow-through finish position. So, I’m going to make a swing here and we’ll
see that this club will fall before I get to my finish position. So, now I know for sure and have feedback
that I got all the way to my left, I’m off my right foot. That’s the first part and the first that I
can do for solid contact. Now, I’m going to go ahead and do a shot with
that, so I’ll take a setup position here. I’m going to put this club… It doesn’t matter what club. Usually, a higher-lofted one works best. And I’m going to hit a shot with the same
idea here. So, normal setup, I’m going to try and have
that fall out before my finish. And I hear that that fell out, and that would
be my first feedback source, shifting my weight to my left. Now, the second feedback source that you guys
can use is just to check your finish position. So, there’s a little timing involved here,
but more or less, if you can make a swing and get to the point where you get to here,
“Hey, is 90% or more of my weight on my left foot? Am I up on my right toe? Do I not have a lot of weight back?” If you get to that spot, then I know I’ve
shifted my weight. So, I’m going to go ahead and hit another
one, and I’m going to feel, “Hey, I’m going to check my follow-through position and see,
did I transfer my weight well?” And here again, I can see I did that one pretty
good. All of me is up on my left. My right foot, I can essentially just pick
up off of the ground. So, that’s tip number one, is transferring
weight to the left. Right away, from the top of the backswing,
you can start doing that. The best players do it the soonest from the
top. You don’t have to wait at all. Now, tip number two is turning or rotation. So, again, for irons, I’m talking mostly solidness
of contact here. I talked about the importance of low point,
needing to hit the ball first, ground second. Well, where my weight is in my feet is a big
part of that. The more I can get to my left side sooner
helps move my low point forward, but also, a big indicator of that is rotation. All else equal, the more I turn my body towards
the target from the top of the backswing, the easier it is for me to have my low point
forward. I’m going to hit more solid shots. If I come down and I don’t turn at all, that
increases the odds of my club hitting behind the ball, again if we’re just talking solidness
of contact. So, from a drill perspective, from this, I’m
just going to go ahead and use my same club I used before, or you can use the club that
you’re using here. I’ll just go ahead and do that. And I would just take a normal setup, and
instead of me having the club down by the ball, I would take the club and put it across
my hips, like so. And what I’m trying to feel here is that I
want to make sure, by the time I get finished, that my club and my hips is parallel here
to that target, so I’m turned all the way through. I’m not turned like this, where the club’s
sort of on a 45 here. I’m turned all the way towards the target. And again, I like to emphasize this, getting
to this follow-through spot, so you don’t have to be thinking about things during the
downswing, trying to perfect things at impact. You want to just get to a spot and feel that. So, I would rehearse this once or twice. I want to make sure I’m turned all the way. This would be tip number two. And then, I’m just going to take that feel. I’m going to do the same thing when I hit
a shot here, and I feel all the way turned. So, for me, when I do that, I feel like my
right hip has to turn more than normal just to get back to 90, and then I’m transferring
that feel when I actually hit a golf ball. That would be part number two, and tip number
two. If I can shift my weight and turn enough,
the odds of me hitting solid shots goes way up. My speed probably goes up, I probably hit
the ball farther than normal, and I also have better club face management. Now, the third tip, and the thing that I see
come up the most often after the first two, what’s most important, is arm structure. So, if you watch good players, again, good
ball strikers, and you sort of slow them down, specifically past impact, you’ll notice that
most all of them have their arms very straight, by either, let’s say, 45 degrees or a couple
feet past the impact, or certainly, by the time they get into the arms and club parallel
to the ground in the follow-through, they would have their arms very straight here. High correlation with that and hitting the
ball solid, more club head speed, better club face control, straighter shots, I mean, you
name it. Getting your arms more straight past impact
helps to do that, and that would be tip number three. So, a drill for that and for feedback, what
we’ll use here is, we just have a little ball that we would get at a local store. There’s a bunch of different training aids
you can use, where you’d put an object between your forearms. Now, how I usually train this in is, I put
the ball about halfway between my wrist and my elbow, so halfway up my forearm. I put a ball in there like that, the point
being, it’s going to keep my elbows tight together, which makes my arms straighter. So, if I go into a follow-through, and I keep
the ball between my arms here, you’ll see that it keeps my arms straight all the way
into the follow-through. If I come through and I were to bend a lot,
then that ball rolls out. So, when you come through, the arms being
very bent into the follow-through, butt of the club close to your body, contact’s going
to be harder. You’re going to hit the ball shorter. Again, less club face control. What we want is the arms to be straighter
out. You can use a ball like that or just check
your follow-through position again. I mean, these three tips, how easy is it for
you for feedback if you make a swing and you’re just checking them off? Number one, tip number one, am I off my right
foot and on my left? Yes, I am. Tip number two, are my hips fully turned towards
the target and my body facing the target? Yes or no? Tip number three, are my arms straight out
with my elbows close together? Yes or no? And I would just practice hitting some, and
I’d check those pieces. So, I’m going to hit some and I’m going to
check those three pieces. So, I’m off my right foot, onto my left, my
hips are fully turned, my arms are extended, so I did them, all three, good. Now, if I notice one of them is off, perhaps
my weight shift, if I notice, or my hip turn, if one of those pieces is off, then I’ll go
back, practice that drill specifically, use that as my main feel into my follow-through
until I get all three of those. If you check-mark all three of those boxes,
the odds of you hitting consistent shots and more solid contact goes way up. So, those are my top three tips for hitting
your irons better. If you liked this video, please Like below,
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  • Great instruction Eric, thanks

  • Hey Eric! You’re video from yesterday helped me win my first tournament! The video was on increasing speed by improving the timing of the hips versus arms – it improved accuracy as well, thank you!!! One day I’ll have a lesson in person:)

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  • Don’t you have to strike the ball with square to line shoulders or suffer a pull or off line fade?

  • This is incorrect


  • Love this great lesson !

  • Very nice easy lesson. Simple tips for feedback. Great video.

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  • Golden Nuggets….especially #2….that tip is the key for me right now…it has been for a few weeks and it keeps on paying off. I'll just add that I've been so used to trying to align the clubface with the target on my downswing for so long (decades really)…that it is an ingrained move that I must unlearn…I have to exaggerate the shallowing of the club and almost 'throw' the club way to the right of the target and my "ENORMOUS" hip turn straightens out the face with much more power when I do it right. I added "ENORMOUS" because on video I think I'm opening my hips perhaps 5 degrees more than I used to…that's all I can do right now, and I can imagine what it's like if you can get the hip rotation like Eric's….a dream…but we can all dream and try. Thanks for posting.

  • I'm eighty years old and finally learned how to hit an iron properly, it worked, I played my age.

  • Very helpful

  • Antonio Creswell

    Hey Eric. I really appreciate this video. I struggled with arms being straight, mostly after contact. I would flare the ball to the right sometimes….very frustrating

    I have practice with something between my arms and went from hitting my 8 iron from 150-160 yards to 170-180 yards. Good job pointing out the little things.

    Again, good video and keep up the good work!!

  • Here is a tip . Best tip. You can’t teach golf. You go to a driving range and hit as many balls as it takes till you start making solid hits back to back. Watch others tips work for them but not for everyone and messes people’s games up trying new stuff.

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