🥇 Tips Drills and Instructions to Improve Your Golf Irons Swing

This is a full tutorial of golf irons swing. We will discuss ways to improve your iron swing set-up, backswing, downswing, impact and follow through. Also how to avoid the common mistakes many golfers make with their Irons. If you are beginner to the game, then this is going to take you step by step, on a path to improving your iron game.  If you are established player, some of these elements in this golf irons tutorial is going to highlight some real faults and show you how to use the golf irons better.

improve your golf irons swing

Summary to improve your golf Irons swing

  • The set-up:
  • The grip: get a neutral golf grip, the “V” between the thumb and forefinger aim toward the back shoulder.
  • Alignment: your feet, knees, hips and shoulders should be parallel to the target.
  • Stance: stance should maximum as wide as our shoulders. Shorter stance for shorter irons.
  • Ideal ball position: center of stance for shorter irons and shirt logo for long irons.
  • The backswing:
  • The golf iron swing starts with moving the body in a circle manner, turning your hips and your shoulders is the key, mainly powered by the body
  • We also want to see the left wrist on the top hand create some hinge
  • You should stay within the confines of your feet.
  • The downswing
  • Start of downswing: We are going to slightly move the body weight to the left and then from there we are going to unwind all of the power that is being created
  • The impact and striking: We hit the golf ball first and make a divot on the surface off the grass. At the point of contact, the left hand must be flat and leading that club head.
  • Compress the golf ball: You squeeze the ball off the turf and the ball takes off in a piercing trajectory. This is called the compression of a golf ball.
  • Point of contact on the club face: It is very important to hit the center of the club to have a consistent golf iron shot.
  • The follow through: 90% percent of weight on the front foot. Regardless how good or bad the shot is, we should look for good finish
  • Finish swing position: The finish position is very important the golf swing because it helps to build balance in your swing.

Introduction to golf iron swing tutorial

First part is the introduction to how to hit the golf irons better. It is it is always good to start talking about the actual movements involved in a golf swing sequence. The golf swing wants to create power, accuracy and consistency. They are the 3 elements that we needed in a golf swing sequence. That is what is going to help us hit the golf ball consistently. It should create enough power to get the ball go forward and far. Plus we want it to be as consistent as possible.

The golf swing is a rotational action of the golf club. The club moves around the body, in a circle like manner, mainly powered by the body. The arms and the way we hold the golf irons have an influence, but the swing works around the rotational elements of your shoulders and hips. If have to get those movements working together. We focus on the idea that the swing is more rounded, straight away for a lot of golfers, that is going to make a big difference. Many beginners just use up and down option using the arms only. Well if we are looking for power, we cannot do it with just the arms. We need to use the body more.

First, we hold the club and set-up behind the ball. The golf iron swing starts with moving the body in a circle manner, turning your hips and your shoulders is the key. As the club moves around the body, we are working our torso, twisted our body around. And once we got that coil, we want to unwind. So, the club follows the same angle as it went up. We make sure to hit down on the golf ball and we make sure to follow through. In this golf irons swing lessons, we are trying to simplify as much as we can.

The grip - for better golf irons swing

golf iron swing correct grip

For the correct iron swing grip, these are 3 things you want to achieve.  

  1. Hands together – hands together with the club and working together as one unit. This can improve the control of the golf iron.
  2. Hinge club correctly – you want to hinge the golf club properly. It will help you get the lag and then release the power on to the golf ball.
  3. Hands turned properly – turn the hands correctly. To get a neutral golf grip, the “v” between the thumb and forefinger aim toward the back shoulder.

The set-up - for ideal golf irons swing​

golf irons swing set up

For your set up; the feet, knees, hips and shoulders should be aligned. All of them have to be parallel to the target. So, your body is aligned slightly left of your target. If you are properly aligned then, most likely you will be able to get back to the golf ball at the desired spot, to ensure that club face square at impact. If you aim your body to the right, then it’s a closed position. A closed position makes you hook the golf ball. On the opposite, if you aim your body to the left, then it’s an open position. An open position makes you slice the golf ball

To check your alignment, you can film your set up or use an alignment stick when you are at the driving range, to calibrate your eyes for a square position. It is important to have a good set-up routine.

The Backswing - for perfect golf irons swing

golf irons swing backswing

We are going to go a little bit deeper into the golf iron backswing sequence. How the golf iron moves from the set-up, behind the golf ball, to the top of the golf swing and how we get there. The golf swing itself is a rotational action. The golf club works around the body as we rotate. And as we rotate the shoulders and the hips, that golf club is going to move up and around the body. At first half of the backswing sequence, if we take the club too much inside, then it will end up too far behind us, and that is not good. Also, if we pick up the golf club, with just the arms, it would be too upright.

The first movement away from the ball to halfway, we are going to turn the chest, we are going to turn the hips. 2 key important points. We also want to see the left wrist on the top hand create some hinge. Ever so slightly create some wrist angle. One of the biggest faults we see with beginner golfers is that, the golf club moving behind themselves too much and a lot of that is the fact that they never quite set the wrist hinge going back.

So, we have done rotating, slightly set the wrist hinge. Now rotate the body to whatever feels comfortable for you, find your limit to that rotation. It’s important to all different types of golfers, to get to a position that feels comfortable for you, that is going to create enough power.

If are going to move the body weight too far towards one way or you start to move the body weight to far back, that is going to cause issues. We are going to draw two lines, from outside your feet, almost like a cylinder. As we rotate and turn the hips and the shoulders, we want to try and stay within the confines of the cylinder. If we move back too much, then we have to move forward again, coming back on the downswing and that’s not really very consistent.

The Downswing - for improving golf irons swing

golf irons downswing

Here we will discuss the golf irons downswing sequence and the impact. We are going to talk about what happens from the top of the swing. How we can from the very top of the golf swing, make powerful consistent actions to hit the irons pure. If we follow a certain action, we can make this movement much simpler. Once we got to top of the swing now, we are in a strong position. Now we can just rotate and turn downwards. We got to use the body, as it’s our engine of power. Make sure that we stayed within that cylinder. From that point, for a good strike on the golf ball, we would ideally like to hit the golf ball first and ever so slightly make contact with the ground afterwards.

The first movement is a slight movement towards the left. We are going to towards the left-hand side of that cylinder. Not excessively. But we want to move towards the left, so that we are guaranteeing a strike point to happen at the right place. We are going to slightly move the body weight to the left and then from there we are going to unwind all of the power that is being created. Most high handicappers do the opposite, as they go back and then try to lift the ball. Many topped shots are created like that, when we try to lean back and lift the ball.

We hit the golf ball first and made a divot on the surface off the grass. If you do that, then the golf ball goes plenty high enough, so never force the golf ball in the air. We got to use our body, for creating the power. If you look at some of the best players in the world, they might not be strong or tall, but they can coil their body well and release the power on the back of the ball.  That is how we can hit irons consistently.

The Impact and striking your irons crispy

There’s no better feeling in golf than a crisply struck iron shot. If you want to shoot low scores, you got to make lots of birdies. To make lots of birdies you got to be a good iron player.  All great players throughout history have been great iron players. The fact is that to be able to strike the ball solidly, but also have to control the distance of the golf ball.

Compress the golf ball with your irons

golf iron ball compression

Many beginners got the tendency of a scoopy-type of action, with the clubhead reaches the ball before the hands do. They try to lift the ball in the air. And this does not produce solid irons shots. You cannot control the distance and the ball sort of hovers in the air. The key really is to make sure that when you make contact with the ball, the left hand is ahead of the club head. At the point of contact, the left hand must be flat and leading that club head. This way, you get the correct irons strike on the ball. You squeeze the ball off the turf and the ball takes off in a piercing trajectory. This is called the compression of a golf ball.

Divot in front of the ball

golf iron swing divot pattern

One way you can actually work on compression is, with this drill to hit golf irons better. Put the ball back in your stance and then with a short iron, hit what we would term a little punch shot. Feel that your left hand is ahead of the club head. You will get the strike that you are looking for. Put another ball just opposite the ball that you are trying to hit. In that way you can determine where your divot starts. The divot should be Infront of the ball. For many players, the divot is actually behind the ball or underneath the ball. You got to make sure, that your divot starts off Infront of the ball. It will be if you have your left hand, ahead of the club head, as you make contact. So, try a couple these little drills. Ball back and hands forward.  And just a little three-quarter punch type shot. We can see the divot ahead of the ball. The feelings that we have is that of a punch shot, with your left hand ahead of the club head, left wrist slightly bowed and flat. Impact is the moment of truth. Now if you can transfer that same feeling and image to the full shot, you will get a crispy strike with your golf irons.

Point of contact on the club face

golf iron strike sweet spot

Last point on this is point of contact. Our golf irons have become incredibly forgiving than they ever used to be. But there is still point on the club face where you have to hit. There is still a middle point on the club face. You have to really pinpoint where you hit on the club face. We would recommend you trying a couple of things. You can get some athlete’s foot spray and spray it on the face. And you will see where you made contact. Or use impact tape, so you can see it. Use anything where you can actually see the indentation take place on the club face. It is very important to hit the center of the club to hit a consistent golf iron shot.

The follow through - for golf irons swing

golf irons backswing

We have come to the follow through and finish position.  The finish position is very important the golf swing because it helps to build balance in your swing. We have to be balanced through the swing and after the swing. It’s an area that is often overlooked.  We are going to go through some simple pointers to help you finish better. The big key elements here are the power and the balance. We are coming down and we hit the shot. From the point of contact, we are unwinding our body. We are unravelling the hips and we are turning through.

Finish swing position for iron swing

As we swing through, we don’t want to stop quickly. We want the body to rotate, so that we are really going to turn the hips all the way through. At the finish point, our full body is facing toward the target. The right foot allows itself to lift off the floor, off the heel.  We finish with the weight on the front foot. We can go close to 90% percent of weight on the front foot. Because we created a wide enough space with the foot, at the start of the set up, we are not losing balance. We could stand without being too off balance. Our weight is moved to the left because we want that strike to take place after the shot. We have rotated our hips and body towards the target. And that is what’s going to help us not hold anything back. We don’t want to hold any power back from the shot.

We are also going to talk about what the arms do through the shot. We can create more power with the arms. The arms supports your body rotation. Your arms should extend and help you hit with more power.  We don’t hold anything back. We are going to extend our hands away from the body. Forward to the target. We want your arms to be fully extended. They can then, finish around your head and neck. Our club can just finish all the way around. Be balanced and hold your finish. Regardless how good or bad the shot is, we should look for good finish.

4 common mistakes with golf iron swing

Let’s discuss the common mistakes many encounters when hitting the irons. Two of these are at sets up, one is through the golf swing and last one is right down at the impact, in terms of how we deliver the club to the ball.

1. Bad ball position

The ball position should be always in line with the logo of your shirt. But your stance width varies with the length of the irons you are hitting. This is to give more stability to your golf swing. Longer the club, wider our stance. For shorter irons, you have narrower stance, hence the ball will be more towards the center of the body. For longer irons, we have slightly wider stance, thus the ball will be slight forward of center.

2. Bad body alignment

For many beginner golfers has bad upper body aligned or aiming too much to the left or right of the target. If the body is open and then they aim to the left. This may cause slice spin to the ball. If it is too closed stance, then we aim to the right, which will cause hook spin. Your feet, knees, hips and shoulders should be parallel to the intended target. It is a good idea to use an alignment stick while practising at the driving range. This will give you a feel of where your target is, at all times.

3. Open club face during the downswing

The third fault that we usually see in golfers are, that the club face which is too open or closed during the downswing. The result is either a slice or hook, this is not exactly sending the ball to the intended target. Your grip usually dictates how the club face will be during impact. Make sure that you have a neutral grip, throughout the swing.

4. Not hitting down on the ball

Many golfers try to scoop the golf ball, with the clubhead reaching the ball before the hands. Your lead hand should be ahead of the club head, with wrist was slightly bowed and flat.

Distance Yardage chart for Golf Irons

Below we have compiled a distance chart for irons.

Note! This is just a rough estimate of the co-relation between your swing speed and the distance. Obviously the distance varies between different club manufactures. The loft and lie angle on the 7 iron from Callaway could be different to that of Taylormade. The loft and lie angle influences how much distance you get out of a club. We advice you to get fitted at the local golf shop for more accurate distances.

ClubsSwingSpeed   
#65mph|yrds80mph|yrds95mph|yrds105mph|yrds
3 iron150176191207
4 iron140166181197
5 iron130155170186
6 iron120144159175
7 iron110133148164
8 iron100123138153
9 iron90113128142
PW80103118131

F&Q Improve Your Golf Irons Swing

How do I make my iron shots more accurate?

Accuracy in iron shots means correct direction, distance and trajectory. You need to get your fundamentals correct to achieve that. Proper grip, set-up, alignment and swing path are part of the equation.

Why do I fat the golf ball with my irons?

If the ball is too far forward in your stance, it’s easy to fat the ball. The clubhead reaches bottom of the arc, hits the ground first and is already on the way up, as it hit the golf ball. The result is a fat shot. 

Why do I top the golf ball with my irons?

If the ball is too far behind in your stance, it’s easy to top the ball. The clubhead reaches bottom of the arc too early, as it hit the top of the golf ball. The result is a topped shot. 

How do you hit irons more consistently?

Consistently in golf shots is related to direction, distance and trajectory. You need good fundamentals to achieve that. Have proper grip, set-up, alignment and swing path.

What is the average golf swing speed?

For male golfers the average swing speed is 93.4 mph. For women it is 65 mph.

How can I swing my golf irons faster?

The key to faster swing speeds are the following:

  • Relaxed arms and body
  • Having a good rhythm
  • Fully rotated backswing
  • Finishing the backswing

Why do I slice golf ball with my irons?

The following factors causes slice with irons:

  • Weak grip
  • Ball position too far forward
  • Too open body alignment
  • Out-to-in swing path
  • Using a stiffer shaft than you require, may cause a slice.

Why do I hook golf ball with my irons?

The following factors causes hook with irons:

  • Strong Grip
  • Ball position too far back
  • Too closed body position
  • Out-to-in swing path

Other Popular Topics