Distance control is key

Balls that don’t fly pin high. No distance control!

A good iron game starts with shots that fly the distance that you have planned. Doesn’t matter if left or right, just focus on the distance that you want to hit.

Your goal is to make good contact with a shallow divot.

Three Factors for Distance Control

Skill development: Ability to use the bottom of the club

Make sure you have read the iron basics and what is important to hit the ground.

A functional grip and the ability to let the club slide on the ground is very important.

Skill Development: Ability to change your Low Point

When you hit fat irons, the usual advise is:
“Try to hit more in front of the ball and you should make better contact.”

But sometimes this doesn’t help.

Here is why:

Where fat shots could come from

Perfect Shot with Low Point after the ball and shallow divot.
Swing arc ideal!

A fat shot can come from a low point which is too much in front of the ball.
Swing arc moves to the left!

A fat shot can come from a low point which is too deep in the ground.
Swing arc moves down!

Skill Development: Ability to change your Low Point

Where thin shots could come from

Perfect Shot with Low Point after the ball and shallow divot.
Swing arc ideal!

A thin shot can come from a low point which is too much in front of the ball.
Swing arc moves to the left!

A thin shot can come from a low point which is too high.
Swing arc moves up!

You need to learn to change your Low Point

Ability to move swing arc back & forth to create different horizontal low points.

Ability to move swing arc up & down to create different vertical low points.

Why do I need this?

You might ask yourself:
“I just want to have one good low point, why not just train this one?”

Think about fairway, rough, uphill and downhill lies.
On the course you intuitively need to change your low point all the time.

Downhill: Move low point back and lower

Uphill: Move low point front and higher

Learn, how to move your low point back & forth and up & down.

Train for every situation on the course

The ability to vary your low point, also helps on an even fairway.

Skill development: Ability to change your impact location

In order to control your distances, the last part is to optimize center strikes. The more you hit the middle of the club, the more energy is transferred into the ball.

This will help you to hit the same distance every time.

START YOUR TRAINING!

Iron – Distance Control: 10 Training Sessions

These 10 Training Sessions can be spread out over 4-8 weeks, depending on how often you train.

  • Before starting the training revisit how to train and the training concept

  • Apply the 20 | 20 | 20  minutes rule

  • Combine this training plan with one short game skill or do a short break in between

  • Do this training plan with one specific iron, hybrid or wood. You can repeat this training plan with multiple clubs the second time.

  • For this training plan, you need Impact Tapes

Train Iron Distance Control