Compress your irons like a pro
If you’re near a pro who’s hitting an iron shot off the fairway, one thing you might notice is the sound it makes. A compressed ball off the center of an iron’s face creates this distinctive noise as it cuts through the air, like a burst of steam releasing from a pressure cooker. If you want your shots to sound like that, you’ve got to hit down on the ball. That’s key. Here are four steps— including a drill—to make it happen. David Leadbetter operates 34 golf academies worldwide.