Iron shot tips – you aren’t Ben Hogan.

Play the Ball Further Back In Your Stance

Did you know that Ben Hogan played ALL of his shots at the same spot in his
stance, from 2 iron up? Well, fact is we will never be Ben Hogan, but there are
lessons to be learned here.

Many of us fail to make good contact on the fairway because of ball placement
relative to our stance. The objective of a good ball strike is to make contact
with the ball while your club is in the downswing. The perfect divots you see
the Pros make are made IN FRONT of where the ball lies. Which makes sense. You
DON’T want to hit the ground before you hit the ball!! Talk about a loss of
momentum and velocity. Bad.

So, what does this lead us to? The average golfer should play his low irons in
the middle of their stance, and move SLIGHTLY backwards as you go up a club.
Many of us make the mistake of playing the ball with a 3 or 4 iron off of our
left in-step (if you are a right handed golfer).

If this is new to you, you need to also remember that because the ball is
further back in your stance than normal, it should also be a tad bit closer to
your body.

Try it the next time you are on the course. Remember exactly where the ball was
when you hit it. Adjust your body, not the placement of the ball relative to the
stance, if you mishit. When you finally hit that shot that jumps off your club,
you got it right. Practice that shot until you get it down (Practice doesn’t
make Perfect, Perfect Practice makes Perfect).

Bear in mind that your head must be kept down. My favorite method is too pick
out a dimple on the golf ball, and stare at that through my back and down swing,
until my natural momemtum lifts my head up.

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