‘Swing within yourself to become a better ball-striker’
It sounds obvious, but you have to hit the ball in the middle of the clubface if you want to be a good striker of the ballº. The biggest thing with amateurs is that they’re trying to hit the ball too hard – and that makes it tough to hit it out of the middle. There’s loft on the club for a reason and they’re designed to go however far you can hit that loft. Accept your distances and just take more club if you need it to go further.
Don’t swing hard with irons
A lot of amateurs would rather club down and hit one hard than club up and hit one soft. But with irons it’s all about control. A pro would always rather club down and keep the control. You’re only ever trying to hit your irons at 75% and I’d much rather go down to 60% than go up to 90%. The slower you swing it, the easier it is to get the club where you want it. You lose control when you swing it harder.
Allow for your shape
Play the shot you know comes naturally rather trying to fight it. A lot of the time I see amateurs hit fades and they start it straight at the pin so they miss it right. Allow for your shape with your start point. If you fade the ball, it’s got to start left.