you swing too hard with the long irons
when you have a long iron in your hands, you’ve got a ways to go – and I’d bet you’re not exactly full of confidence. Most golfers swing the longer irons back too far so they get a bounce effect at the top. That means they “throw” the club starting down and lose the wrist angle (below). The throw also pulls you away from the target. Those two things cause the club to bottom out behind the ball. You hit a fat shot or a drop-kick, or if you do catch it flush, you don’t have much on it. Whatever, you’re not getting to the green.
first, keep your backswing in check. Think shorter and wider, pushing your hands away from your head at the top. Then, start down by shifting to your front side. Get some pressure back in your front foot. And resist the urge to add any extra hit on the ball. Yes, you’ve got to hit a long shot, but good contact is the key to distance. The club will build speed through the ball, if you let it. With your weight left and your wrist angle intact halfway down (below), you’ll catch the ball first and brush the turf after impact.