Golf Lessons: Achieving Proper Distance Control with Your Irons

Understanding how your irons work and how you can control the distance of the ball can make the difference between landing a ball after or before a trap, and landing it in the trap. Distance control is of utmost importance if you want to navigate your way throughout any golf course.

Remember to harness the purpose of each iron

Each of your irons has a specific purpose. It’s up to you to get comfortable with all of them and learn how to gauge the distance each one produces. The designs of these clubs should be respected for what they were made for so try not to manipulate an iron to do something it wasn’t meant to do.

Swinging and its influence on distance

An important aspect to an iron stroke is understanding the correlation between backswing and the distance the ball travels. The further back you take your swing, the greater distance you will achieve on your ball. Getting used to how far back you must pull your swing to get a specific distance is an imperative when practicing your iron drills.

Balancing your iron with your swing

So now that you’ve gotten to know your irons, and also practiced how far back you need to swing in order to attain a certain distance, you will need to find a balance between the two. A three-quarter back swing on a 2-iron will certainly not deliver the same result as a three-quarter backswing on a 5-iron. Part of getting to know your irons is understanding each iron and how to harness the potential it possesses.

End your swing where you started it

It’s just as important to give a good follow through on your swing as it is to pull it back sufficiently. If you’re pulling your swing back 60%, then make sure the clubface ends at 60% on the opposite end.

Know your swing

If you are mindful of your full swing potential, you will become adept at gauging how to control each swing depending on the iron you are using. For instance, if you are achieving a distance of 120 yards with any given iron, then pulling back your swing only 70% should give you a distance of about 80 yards. With lots of drills and practice games, you’ll soon learn how to gauge accurately on each iron—the point is to educate yourself of what your capabilities are.