Iron­ing out prob­lems

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By PAUL MCCAR­RAGHER

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.

PHOTO: MICHAELPUCHE

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