“To set up a smooth downswing, I pause for a beat at the top.”
BACK: FEEL LIKE YOUR HANDS ARE ‘INSIDE YOUR CHEST’
Because the short irons are precision clubs, you need precise fundamentals.Align your feet carefully with the target line, and your hips and shoulders will fall into place automatically. I like my weight distributed 60-40 on my left side, and I keep it that way throughout the backswing. I position the ball in the centre of my stance, but if centre doesn’t feel right to you, play it back a bit – that’s better for solid contact than playing it up.
Start the swing with your arms and shoulders moving back together, so one part doesn’t outrace the other. Focus on keeping your hands in front of your torso: I like them to feel “inside my chest” (1). At the top, my swing has a distinct pause (2), which helps me create a smooth sequence coming down. Start the downswing all at once (3), so your arms don’t lag behind and cause the club to fall behind you.