3 Must DO’s With Your Irons (COPY THESE!)
3 Must DO’s With Your Irons (COPY THESE!)


(whack) – Hello there, Adam Bazalgette here, founder of Scratch Golf Academy. And today’s subject is a good one. Three must do’s with your irons. I’ll show you what I think those are. I’ll show you also a drill,
kind of an image really, that really makes this seem simple. You’ll kick yourself when you see it. And then towards the very end of the video I’ll show you a big pitfall that when people work on these things, they frequently run into this pitfall. (upbeat music) Well if you’re new to the channel or if you watched the videos
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and the bell next to it, you’ll want to hit that so you’re notified every time a new video is coming your way. (whack) So the important things in iron game, first thing of course,
you’ve got to hit the ball before the turf. Everybody knows that. But people find that surprisingly elusive. Second thing, you have to have the handle in front of the club head at contact. And I’m gonna show you a pro now, and I’ll show you why there’s
such an inextricable link between those two fundamentals. So here’s Bryson DeChambou, looks like a short iron on
the driving range there. Let’s see if he hits the
ball before the ground. Well no doubt about that. There’s the ball, there’s the ground. So here’s the principal. Let’s say we draw a line
up from the golf ball, let’s put that right there. His club shaft gets to straight
up and down or vertical probably slightly before that, let’s say there. In other words, it happens after the ball. And here’s the thing. Your club will reach its true low point when that shaft is vertical
before starting back up again. You have to make sure that that happens after the golf ball is hit. If we look at Bryson again, by getting the handle past the ball and getting most of
the shaft past the ball before he hits it there, and then reaching vertical, he ensures a nice crisp downward hit. Then he ensures hitting
the ball before the turf. I have a full three part in-depth course on solid strike form and
hitting solid golf shots. Pick it up down in the
description box there. It’s yours for free. Okay the next principal is an impact. I’ve got a nine iron here. You have to deloft the face. You have to hit it with less loft than it’s effectively built with. Now, I’ve done some videos
that have mentioned that before and obviously given a lot of golf lessons and the subjects come up. And people ask, but why
do you have to do that? Wouldn’t it be easier to
just use the loft you have and maybe take a less lofted
club if you needed to? There are definitive reasons. Let me show you up close why
you have to be able to do that to be a good iron player. Well as I’ve showed you, you
have to have the handle forward to hit the ground in front of the ball. But also there’s the sweet spot. It’s up here. It’s not down at the bottom. And if you have say, a nine
iron and no real cushion under the ball, and you
hit it with full loft, you are gonna make
contact way at the bottom. So they designed these so
that when you deloft it you take that sweet spot and
tilt it onto the golf ball. Now let’s have a look at a drill that I think will help you. Then we’ll come out and show
you a pitfall at the end that gets a lot of people into trouble. So here’s the drill, and it’s
really as much of an image as a drill. Look at that gigantic
nail there, screw really, slightly angled into the ground. If you had a mallet
and you had to tap that so it went into the ground on that angle, is it conceivable that in a thousand tries you’d only bend the nail upwards? Of course it’s not. Nobody would do that. It might take you a few
minutes to get real skill at hitting it, but you
wouldn’t be sentenced there. People tell me all the time,
oh I’ve spent my whole life scooping the ball. I’ll never get out of it. That’s for Pro’s. That’s just nonsense. You could take a club, now
remember when you add loft you have to have even more
tilt to drive the nail down in the ground. And by the way your
downward hit that you want on a nine iron isn’t nearly
as severe as even that screw. So don’t sell yourself short. You can do it. Play around on a small scale. I’ve got my nine iron here. I’m not tryna beat down on it too much, but I’m tryna tilt the face forward, (whack) tilt the handle in front of the ball, and just work on this
’til you start to get some sense of it. An again, use an image I think is great. I’m tryna drive the nail downwards. I’m not worried about the golf ball. Those balls popped off nice and low. Now let’s have a look at a
real pitfall people get into when they try to start doing this. So here’s Ernie Els. I think anybody, me
included, would love to have his golf swing. Beautiful, through the
ball, and you can see he clips a little bit of
turf right after the ball. So here’s the point, here’s the pitfall. If you look at Ernie there,
he’s approaching impact. If I draw line straight
out from the handle you can see, as he goes
through, the tab of his glove is just at the top edge of that. Watch where the handle and
the tab of the glove go. Just slightly the tabs
up here and for sure the handle is up there at that point. So what’s happening here is right at the critical moment of contact, the club itself, or the grip end, is beginning to arc up away from the turf, really in conjunction
with the way the left side arcs up away from the turf. And that reduces the tendency to maybe beat down on the ball too much. So, if you had as much
angle as Ernie does, if you had that much shaft
angle and you kept hitting down you would drive a hole into the ground. So remember, you’re not trying
to swing the whole club down, you’re trying to swing it pretty level across the ground even
slightly ascending there. But if you have enough forward lean and the hands are beyond the ball enough you will still get an appropriate
amount of downward hit. So as we work on this, for
most people, let’s face it, they do too much of this. So really work on tilting
the face, leaning the shaft, trapping the ball before the ground. But if as you do it you
start to stick the club in the ground too much,
take some of it out. Land the proverbial plane
a little more shallow. Take a few practice swings where you can sense it’s more level, left side rising slightly like you’re brushing the
ground a little bit more. You gonna make a few mistakes. If you start to do that and
then you lose your tilt, that’s okay. Make it a smaller scale, add the tilt in. So let’s have a go here. I’m gonna tilt this one and
hit down a little bit too much. (whack) I definitely got the tilt. I don’t wanna hit down that much. Again, people talk about
being feel players. You have to play around and develop feel. So don’t sell yourself short. This one I’m gonna attempt
to do with less downward hit. (whack) I like that one pretty well there. Just raked the ground a bit. Definitely felt the shaft was forward. Play around with this. You can even do it at home without a ball. You will help your iron game. Well if you like the
video, and I hope you did, I’d really appreciate it if
you hit that thumbs up button. Helps me build the channel
and bring you content. Leave a question or a comment. I will get to those, happy to do that. And hopefully these are great keys for you to build that feel of the three must do’s with your irons. Thanks again. (upbeat music)

50 thoughts on “3 Must DO’s With Your Irons (COPY THESE!)”

  1. JR King says:

    i like the vid but is it necessary to add the fake club impact sound? its nice to just just leave it as is.

  2. Graham Smith says:

    Hi Adam, I have been working with my local coach on getting my shaft leaning at impact. But i am still finding if i focus on it to much i am just sticking the clubhead deep into the ground and not completing the follow through? Yes i am getting decent distance on the shots, but the no follow through is getting on my nerves somewhat? Cheers, Graham

  3. Zaid Seedat says:

    What the heck?! I got an ad to your channel during the video 😂😂
    I was also wondering, what course do you do your lessons on Adam?

  4. sniper says:

    Greatest iron striking video of all

  5. nige99 says:

    3:10 is gold the rest of it is 24 carret

  6. Dino Kotsonis says:

    Great info. Absolutely correct from my humble opinion. Sounds so much like AJ Bonar from several years ago, even including the nail. He would give lessons that appreciated the most important things in golf, as only the moment of impact, and how to achieve that. Just as you describe. So glad to see the info and perspective wasn’t lost. I’m glad you are presenting from the impact importance, I will definitely look closely at your other info. Thanks.

  7. whogg0521 says:

    Man, that first swing. Love how you use the ground effortlessly

  8. Sean Muhammad says:

    Does this apply to long irons as well?

  9. John Bush says:

    I was a 12 Hanicapper who has lost his swing.I CANNOT interlock my fingers ANYMORE on my grip.Is there ANY WAY i could get the swing back using a baseball type grip ? Ty

  10. timmy _ says:

    I have a really bad problem with slicing the ball when I’m at the driving range. Literally ONLY at the driving range.
    Does hitting off mats have anything to do with it? It’s gotten to the point where it feels like a weird psychological thing now.
    It’s really weird how it happens too. I’ll go the range and hit the first 20 balls or so just fine, then all of the sudden the slice creeps in and gets worse and worse the more I try to fix it. By the end of the range session, by balls are flying like 75 degrees to the right and BARELY getting off the ground.
    Is there anyone out there that can help me understand this?
    It’s incredibly frustrating to not be able to work on little improvements at the range and fine tune my game because range time always ends up setting me back and gives me super negative swing thoughts.

  11. Chad Christopherson says:

    how to hit good irons… play on a pristine golf course. that fairway is beyond amazing. all my courses are rubbish and still charge full price, beaumont texas golf courses suck. on another note, lake charles louisiana has some great courses (bermuda greens). i notice that my iron play is always better hitting from good fairways and ball stays on greens. anyone else feel the same way? is it just a confidence thing???

  12. Jeff Ellermeyer says:

    The NAIL concept! 👍

  13. Gary Smith says:

    Good stuff

  14. geraud crowder says:

    Great iron lesson

  15. Simply Neil says:

    This video has explained more to me about the physics of the golf swing than anything I have seen or heard before in many, many years of lessons and videos. It now makes sense for the first time ever and I cannot wait to get to the practice range. Genuine thanks from a hacker in blighty.

  16. Scott Rogerson says:

    This is a great explanation and what I have been looking for. Thanks for the great video.

  17. Tom Polston says:

    Can you show the video on straightening out your drives?

  18. TomokoMurakami says:

    3:39 preposterous

  19. Ed Short says:

    Very effective point to make – De-lofting the iron, plus a slightly downward swing direction at impact, is the best or only way to have the club-head's Sweet Spot make first contact with the golf ball.  And the more loft in the club, the more de-lofting is needed (although not at a 1:1 ratio). And the forward shoulder will need to be rising at moment of impact, else will hit the ground first too often. Simple ideas well explain, I can use these ideas to practice my iron swings.

  20. Josh Smith says:

    Thanks for posting this, I will try the drills you showed

  21. Max Sayenko says:

    This is a great video and I love the drill of driving the nail into the ground. Really helpful visual for me to work on. I’m a 10 handicap that’s entirely self taught but I definitely sweep/scoop the ball at impact. I hit a really high soft fade with decent backspin that usually stops near the the impact ball mark on the green.

    My issue is that I swing really hard and have been having serious back issues from over playing and other sports related injuries/overuse.

    So my focus is to shorten my backswing, swing lighter, and compress the ball so I can still retain/gain distance.

    I feel like whenever I try to achieve more forward shaft lean and compress the ball I end up closing the club face too much at impact. I have tried to weaken my grip but I still have the same issue. Any suggestions for that?

    Also — do you do a video swing analysis and/or online lessons?

    Thank you for the great content and I love how well you articulate and explain these concepts. You are one of the best YouTube instructors out there and I follow dozens of them.

    Thank you!

  22. Mick Clark says:

    This is one if not the best explanation of striking ball before turf and not fatting as I frequently do.. now I can record and draw my own lines before and after impact to check on my shaft lean.. this was explained so simply and it’s something I’m looking forward to working on.. keep up the great work.. big thumbs up 👍

  23. Andy Dalton says:

    Wow is the sweet spot really that high.. I did not know that. 👍

  24. Brad Miller says:

    The one thing I don't like about this is that it treats de-lofting and forward shaft lean as two different items to be dealt with when in fact, de-lofting is a natural occurrence from the forward shaft lean. In other words, the focus should be on the forward shaft lean with no need to even discuss the issue of de-lofting.

  25. Eric Early says:

    Thank you for this video

  26. Rob Edmund says:

    That was one of THE most helpful videos I've ever watched. Thanks, Adam!!

  27. Rome Flo says:

    Wow brice ball way bck in stance

  28. djjazzyjeff123 says:

    Wow that was incredible. I've known the general ideas before but I've had the exact problem you've outlined around the 5:15 mark. That's always been my problem because I've had it drilled into my head: hit down down on the ball. hit down on the ball. hit down on the ball.

  29. ELPIOJOBOLUDO says:

    So do you attempt to hit the ball with a open or closed face??

  30. swisstrader says:

    Very well done. Thanks!

  31. swisstrader says:

    Yes! Great video. I learned from Lynn Blake who would advocate “dragging the mop” to do what you explain and would also help create lag.

  32. Scott Embleton says:

    Great video

  33. Lawrence Sykkmon says:

    He really doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s merely just tell yiu the results of a good swing but he really didn’t tell you how to do it he’s just telling you the results this is what happens

  34. Hanh Le says:

    I am so thankful to this lesson Adam! Today I used these tips and they worked very well! You solved all my problems with irons! I also apply your lessons with wood, it worked well too. You are such a great instructor! Thank you again and again!

  35. Graphiclee63 says:

    Hey Adam, great video! Learned something. We were on the same Apopka Middle School soccer team (Blue Darters) in the late 70's.

  36. John Irby says:

    Watching the pros. How come, 9 times out of 10 they throw up a shovel full of turf?

  37. BT3701 says:

    Thanks – very helpful

  38. David Willis says:

    I’d like to see more videos for a left-handed golfers. I hit my woods and driver pretty well but I have always had problems problems with my irons.

  39. B C says:

    You are explaining but it is most difficult to do it. It is not that easy to learn by mere words!

  40. Archie Pezek says:

    An awesome and very informative video. I never thought about the fact that delofting the iron allows you to actually hit the sweet spot on the club. I have now subscribed. Thank you.

  41. Markus Menchen says:

    hit it late…..hit it great……

  42. Tim Flowers says:

    Just the video I was looking for….. Awesome!

  43. Ben Minus says:

    Great video!!!

  44. TrojanMars1 says:

    Great tips and explanation! Thank you.

  45. wayneo1269 says:

    Excellent video mate

  46. Hey Jude says:

    Easier said than done and way harder when over a ball with a dollar on the hole.😤😤😤

  47. jim stammer says:

    Great video, thanks for doing them.

  48. Paul Jay says:

    New starter here. This is great advice. Thank you

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