Boost trajectory with your irons.
Although they might serve you well on a golf trip to Ireland or Scotland, where a lot of times you can chase the ball onto the green, those low, and often thin, iron shots are probably costing you strokes elsewhere.There are just too many holes where you’re asked to carry the ball all the way onto the green and then get it to stop on a firm putting surface.To get the ball to fly higher and land softer, you need to hit your iron shots more in the centre of the face, not a groove or two – or five! – lower.
One reason amateurs tend to hit irons too low is that they narrow their swing radius, taking the club back by letting the lead arm (left arm for right-handers) bend too much. It doesn’t have to be locked, but it should maintain a fairly straight appearance all the way to the top.When it bends significantly, you’ll have to make a super-fast adjustment in the downswing to get the swing radius back to the length it was at address. Maintaining the width from address to impact is the easiest and most consistent way to hit the ball in the middle of the clubface and get it to launch higher.
A great way to keep the left arm from collapsing is by actually focusing on the right arm as you take the club back. Push the lifeline of your right hand into the thumb of the left hand, and keep pushing away from your body as you swing all the way to the top. Essentially, you’re straightening your right arm to prevent the left arm from bending. Doing this will keep the club moving on a wide arc and put it in position to approach the ball on a shallower path, which increases your chance of hitting the ball in the sweet spot and letting the club’s actual loft give you a highand-soft shot. —with ron kaspriske david leadbetter, a Golf Digest Teaching Professional, runs 32 academies worldwide.
“Wider swings produce higher shots.”