you try to help the ball into the air
with the middle irons, most golfers think they can reach the green. The problem is, they try to lift the ball off the ground to hit it high. They start by playing the ball too far forward in the stance and then hang on the back foot and try to scoop it up. But the trademark look of the lifter is coming up and out of the spine angle on the downswing (above). Once the upper body straightens up, the clubhead comes up, too, and that causes thin contact, even topped shots. Hitting up on the ball might feel right, but it’s an absolute killer of solid contact.
you have to get it into your head that hitting down and through the ball is the best way to produce a high shot. Remember, the instinct to lift usually results in a lower flight because of poor contact. You need to feel more “on top of” the ball at impact, with your chest facing down (above). Play the ball middle, make a wide backswing, then drive your entire right side – knee, hip and shoulder – through the shot. Another good thought is to hit with the back of your left hand facing the target. You’ll stop scooping, I promise.