All golfers love high, towering iron shots. In an attempt to hit them, however, they end up hanging out on their back foot and scooping the ball in a desperate attempt to launch the ball into the air. The problem is it doesn’t work: At best you’ll get a high, weak shot with no penetration. At worst, you’ll get thins and chunks with no power or consistency.
To get the most out of your iron game, you need to create a descending blow on the ball, which creates needed backspin to send the ball skyward. A simple visual cue I like to use with students who struggle with hanging back is to place an alignment rod or club a few inches inside their trail foot, perpendicular to the target line. You don’t need to focus on the rod too much, but you should have a general awareness of where your body is in relation to it.
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