Repair Your Iron Contact With This Simple Workout Exercise Instruction

Many golfers sacrifice power and consistency in their irons, and you probably are too. Golf Digest 50 Top Teacher Erika Larkin says the best way to become a competent iron player is to learn how to control the low point of your swing. Not only will this improve your touch, but it will help you produce predictable distance and direction. In short, you will hit more greens, and your misses will be much more playable.

Follow Larkin’s 3-Tee exercise to practice controlling the low point of your swing, so you can add more zip to your approach shots.

Throw three balls in a row. The first ball should be on a high tee, the second on a medium tee, and the third on a low tee, essentially low to the ground. The purpose of this drill is to help you check the low point of your swing as you hit each ball, Larkin explains.

For the high tee, start with the clubhead hovering even with the ball. Then try to adapt your swing to the height of the tee. This raised tee should help you visualize where your swing needs to bottom out so you can make solid contact. Stiff swingers might find it difficult not to swing right under the ball at first.

“As far as the divot goes, you’re obviously not going to take one, but you don’t want to break the tee under the ball,” Larkin explains. “It would mean that your release is too early or that your point of contact is not happening in the right place.”

As you move to the middle tee, do the same: hover over the club head and try to adjust your swing to the height of the ball. For the lowest tee, continue to make the same adjustments for the height of the ball, focusing on grooving that low point for solid contact. Larkin says to work on this drill until you can hit it solid from every tee.

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