Ironing out problems
THE driver and the fairway woods have a tendency to make golfers all over the world contemplate why they are putting themselves through this misery, but in relation to the irons, those clubs are a doddle.
The irons were, I think, designed by a person who really hated everyone and decided to get even.
A great drive, a good fairway shot and then an iron shot that can do so many things wrong that one doesn’t wonder why good manners and good nature go out the window.
How many times have we seen or done one of the following: lined up for a simple shot to the green with a good lie and hit so far behind the ball that the divot goes further than the ball; knocked the head off the ball driving it down instead of forward to see it trickle just enough to mean that we have to choose another iron for the next shot; slice or hook the ball into the rough, never to be seen again; shank the ball and watch it sail over the green and onto another fairway, the road or a lake; hit so far under the ball that it goes into the atmosphere to come down just metres away with crystals of ice on it, with the result that once again we must choose another iron to get to the green with the thought in the back of the mind that we may do any one of the above again.
If any of the above has your name on it, or all of the above, then join the club, as most weekend warriors/golfers are as guilty as I am of not setting up and following simple steps to make irons not really your friends but a passable acquaintance.
Use the same stance for these clubs as we did for the fairway woods but making a simple change in your set-up. Move the ball back in your stance. For most players, this means setting up with the ball in the middle of your stance.
In this position, the club head is still moving downward when your normal downswing brings it into contact with the ball.
Place the club head behind the ball at address, with the shaft leaning slightly forward.
When the shaft is leaning forward and the ball is in the middle of your stance, your normal swing automatically creates a downward strike on the ball.
The ball will be pinched between the clubface and the ground, causing it to move up the clubface and create backspin; this makes the ball rise into the air.
Sounds simple but when practising is ready to see divots that could be used for small crop dams miraculously appear under the ball and before the ball until you get it just right.
The correct divot is in front of the ball, meaning that you have hit downwards on the ball and the club continued downwards after the ball was hit.
Some people take a big divot and others not much at all, so there is no hard and fast rule as to size but the golden rule is, fill in all your divots.
It is often found that high handicap players are scared to take a divot and will straighten up as the club comes in contact with the ball, causing the club to knock the head off the ball.
Pretty dry stuff but if you concentrate and above all practice then you will become better and lower your handicap.
If we look at the irons they usually start at the sand wedge which we shall say you can happily hit 90m, the pitching wedge which is one up will then be able to be hit 100m, the 9-iron 110m and so it goes.
Work out how far it’s comfortable to hit your lowest iron and work up as a rule of thumb for distance, as everybody hits different distances.
Most players will have up to a 3-iron in their bag, with a few being brave enough to carry a 1 and 2-iron.
Our golf club
THE home ground for the Childers area is the Isis Golf Club situated on the Goodwood Rd at Doolbi, with four holes on one side of the road and five holes on the other.
As this is a nine-hole course, the 18 holes are played over those holes twice, with usually different tee areas for them, making the course quite challenging
The Club is over 100 years old and run entirely by volunteer workers, with some people doing well over 20 hours a week so that the rest of us can play, this is a credit to the workers as the course is looking and playing so well and many a visiting golfer from other clubs have remarked on how well it looks.
The main thing noticed are the abundance of trees which most players who play there often enough know quite intimately and they can be quite daunting for any new player to our course. Competition games are played on Saturdays with the main club from 12.30pm, Sundays with the Social Club from 7.30am, the Veterans on Tuesday from 12 and the Ladies on Thursdays from 12.
New members are always welcome, as are visitors, with a fully-stocked bar on the 19th hole to wet the whistle after the game and stretch the truth about the great shots we all played, so come and have a game and maybe join the Isis Golf Club as a member.
Next week we will look at one of the main reasons people have high scores, the chip onto the green sought by many but found by few. A good chip close to the hole can mean the difference between a one-putt hole and a three to four-putt hole.
If any of the above has your name on it, or all of the above, then join the club as most weekend warriors/golfers are as guilty as I am of not setting up and following simple steps to make irons not really your friends but a passable acquaintance.