FLUSH YOUR IRONS
Build a repeatable action and learn to shape the ball to knock it close to any pin.
My back isn’t as straight as someone absolutely textbook like Adam Scott, but I’m certainly not slouched either. I like to be athletic and comfortable, without being too rigid. Not everyone is built the same so find the posture that works for you. I splay my left foot slightly open to help my weight move into my left side in the downswing and through impact.
I’ve been working hard on getting more neutral in the takeaway. That means quieter hands and more of a one piece move for the first few feet. The shaft should parallel to the target line as it passes through horizontal, with the clubhead pointing straight up. Simply turning your lead shoulder under your chin should set the club in this position, but make sure you also move your arms and hands away from the body to create width.
AT THE TOP
I never really think about where the club is at the top. I know I used to get a little bit across the line, but it’s in a much better position now because of the more neutral takeaway. Swing short of parallel with your irons and you’ll have much more control.
Impact is always my main focus. Too many golfers obsess over other positions but this is the moment that really matters. When the club reaches this position, I want it doing as little as possible, so I don’t want the hands working. This takes timing out of things so it’s a much more repeatable and consistent action. To achieve more stability, I try to hit against a firm left side with my left thigh staying solid at impact. Like hitting against a wall, it helps my bottom half stay square that little bit longer before turning through to the target.
I hit quite a lot of irons shots with a truncated follow-through. It depends on the flight I want but I find this shorter finish produces a lower flight while I’ll go for a full finish if I want to hit it higher. Holding that shorter finish is also a great drill to improve your ball-striking.