– Hi, Adam Bazalgette
here in Naples, Florida at the beautiful club at Mediterra. I’m two time PGA Teacher
of the Year Award winner and founder of Scratch Golf Academy. Today’s subject’s a really important one, how to strike irons pure. (upbeat music) So how to strike irons pure, obviously, something we all wanna do. And will show you some of the things that you may have heard before, but I’ll show you a real
hidden element in this process, something the people don’t
put enough emphasis on. And I’ll show you some
drills as to how to do it and I believe these are
really gonna help you. If you like the video, please
subscribe to the channel, we have a lot of free
content, more coming your way, we hope and, of course, is my home website, have
full courses in each aspect of the game, and in the full swing course, there’s a whole segment on iron play. Let’s get started. So how to strike your irons pure? Well, let’s for the sake of this video, assume that heel to toe
contact is not in play here, which, of course, it is very important. We’re gonna talk about how
high you hit it on the face and how to hit the ball before the turf. Specifically, you gotta do three things to hit your irons pure. Number one, you’ve gotta hit
the ball before the ground. Number two, you’ve gotta
take the sweet spot and tilt it up onto the ball. And if you do those things properly, you’ll achieve a very
important third thing, which is you’ll get more power, better ball flight on the shot. We’re gonna show you that
in just a moment here and give you some really good drills, I hope, to help you do that. Now let me just say, hey
listen, this is not in a vacuum. If you come down on a very poor plane or with a poor club face angle, your body is naturally
gonna have to battle that and fight that and have
to correct for that, similar to getting a baseball pitch way too close to you or something. You only can really do
these things if you’re in a reasonably good position
as you approach the golf ball. We’re not gonna deal with
that in this video of course, we’re gonna look at these
specifics of solid contact. Now it may surprise you to
know that the best players in the world, as an average,
and this is a documented fact, hit their shots with two clubs less loft than they were at address. So that means an eight iron,
which is what I’m holding, at impact for the average grade
player has a six iron loft. That’s one of the reasons
they hit the ball so far and it helps you do the other thing. So let me just show you a
couple of close ups here that’ll give ya, briefly, a sense of how the club
is designed to do that and why that’s important. I think it’ll give you clarity
and then we’ll come back out and we’ll look at some
drills to get you doing it. So here’s my eight iron. I’ve got a wooden clip board
right here to show you this. If I have the shaft the vertical, the leading edge of the club, the bottom edge of the club face sits noticeably up off the ground. And that is because there’s what they call bounce underneath it, the back of the club sits lower than the front edge. So what’s designed to happen is at impact, when your club is forward, now the bottom of the club sits more flat and the leading edge of that
club faces is pretty much if not on the ground, very,
very close to the ground, and that’s how the club is
built to interact with the turf, not the way it is at address. So two more key features. My eight iron there,
practice with it a bit, has a little bit of a wear spot. It’s kinda convenient to show you about where the sweet spot,
it’s not right there, it’s up about here. Shaft lean at impact tilts the sweet spot onto the
golf ball, so important. You don’t wanna catch
the ball down here off the bottom of the club. And secondly, when you hit
the ball with shaft lean, you’re obviously hitting
it with less loft, as we discussed, and that
produces more of a compression of the ball. The more loft you hit it with, the nearer the bottom of the ball you hit, the shorter and higher it will go. That’s why drivers go so far, they hit the ball pretty near the equator. That’s where you can apply pressure. So you wanna take that
iron, tilt the sweet spot, and apply some pressure to
the golf ball at impact. So hope that helps you a little bit. Now you’ve probably seen
stuff like that before, maybe that clarifies a couple of things. I’ve got some videos out there on YouTube about how to lag the club, how to shift your
weight, all those things. It’s really not that difficult to do, but a hidden component
or certainly let’s say, an undervalued component or
under emphasized component, let’s say, is the roll of this lead hand. Now you could potentially feel something with your back hand, too, but we’re gonna look at the lead hand. And if you do this properly, even if you don’t have a great lag, you can still achieve the desired results at impact pretty darn well. And that is to say the position the left hand starts here and it should be very different
to the look of it at impact. Now, I love these little face magnets. You likely don’t have one at home. You can get these at most big golf stores. I go to They’re very inexpensive,
I would advise you get one. They just stick on the club there. Certainly, they show you direction, but in this case, you can
start to get the feeling for what it would feel like,
not just to have shaft lean, but how to have less loft. That’s more loft, that’s less loft. And the most important thing is it’s easy to do and you get
immediate responsive feedback. And what you’ll find is that
the way you use this left wrist and hand are crucial in this. As they come in, just turn the
knuckles towards the ground and you’ll see the loft
peel off that club. Couldn’t be any simpler. I would encourage you to get one of those. Now let’s say you wanna practice this and you don’t have one. Open up your glove and take a golf tee and just stick it in there and sorta just strap your glove back in. So it’s right just above my knuckle there. It’s very easy to do, to
get the tee pointed out. And you’ll get somewhat
the same effect with that. And just practice that and point the tee more towards the ground. Not difficult to do, it’s
as difficult as that. Again, most people don’t conceive of this, so they don’t really feel
that in their golf swing. And even if, again, if
you don’t have great lag, you can still accomplish
it if you can do this well. So make some little swings
here, point the tee down there. I’ll show you one more drill in a moment, but let me hit a shot
really emphasizing that, just a small shot. I can really feel how that
hand turned down there. I probably wouldn’t wanna
turn it down quite that much in an ordinary shot, but that’s a great feeling to cultivate. Now, another little drill you can do, take a golf ball in your
left hand, I’m right handed, but I’m gonna take it in my left hand, a little mini golf back swing, and I’m gonna toss this
ball towards the ground, so it should bounce off the ground, pretty much in front of me there. And if I can do that, I’m cultivating the correct feeling again. I cannot tell you if you can master this little fundamental with your left hand. Play around with it
with a magnet or a tee. It’s not at all difficult to do. Start on a small scale. You’re gonna have so much
more success with your irons. You’re not only gonna
hit them more solidly, you’re gonna hit them further. Let’s try it on a little
bit bigger scale here. I could really feel I turned
some loft off the club. That was a good solid shot for me. So hope that helps you with
how to strike irons pure, hope you can practice that, simple drills. If you like the video, please
subscribe to the channel. Lots of free content, more
coming your way, we hope. is my home website, hope you’ll go there and
check that out, full courses. A whole course on building
blocks of the full swing and an entire course on
irons contained with that. Thanks so much.


  1. Bret Hanson says:

    Just subscribed after watching this one. Great explanation and practice exercises. Can't wait to try these out. Any tips on foot position in reference to the ball?

  2. alex vwenz says:

    personally I don't like this cause you're thinking about your hands while trying to hit the ball. It should be more about shifting weight and using big muscles. I've never once thought about my hands while hitting an iron shot.

  3. Steven Mills says:

    Great video. why do I top golf balls

  4. Paul Young says:

    I tend to use the prayer grip from leadbetters a swing, to combat my right hand getting to strong. will this flattening of the left wrist work with grip? or will I need to switch grip styles? thanks

  5. Quinn Norton says:

    Hey Adam, for an amateur just looking for consistency in his shots, what is the best way to do that? I have a membership at a nearby course so I can play whenever but I find that no matter how much I play my rounds are still hit or miss. Any advice would be great! Thanks

  6. Prykiel Ziggy says:

    i like

  7. Prykiel Ziggy says:

    very good

  8. Arturo Pena says:

    i tried that exercise by pronating my wrists like you said one advantage i noticed is that the swing is easier and goes straighter, as in, less room for errors like shanks or slices. thanks for the videos, they are always soo helpful

  9. jennifer says:

    All your videos are great….so informative!

  10. Eddie P says:

    After watching the majority if not all of your videos I have so much faith in the advise you give. If you suggested to hit the ball with the handle I'd be the laughing stock of the range this afternoon. LOL I trust your advise that much. Great work sir!

  11. joseph pauxtis says:

    top notch explanation to finding sweet spot

  12. Jancen says:

    Hi Adam, when I try to exaggerate delofting the club, I sometimes push it. I'm able to hit it straight if I would put the ball a little forward in my stance. Is this a good fix? How about if I do a stronger grip?

  13. Simon Templar says:

    Why have I not heard this advise about the left wrist before?! Thanks again Adam.

  14. Coen Fuson says:

    Thanks it helps a lot and I'm 11

  15. Coen Fuson says:

    I just got back from the driving range I practiced this

  16. Scott D says:

    these videos are killer.

  17. Ryan Fox says:

    Adam, just came across your videos a few days ago and I have been binge watching ever since. I've never heard anyone break down the golf swing so simply that even a hack like me can understand. Thanks so much for making these. Can't wait to get out to the range and practice what you've taught me.

  18. JRock says:

    Hi Adam, I've randomly over the last week developed a shank/hozzeling the club with my irons. I haven't been able to fix it and was wondering if you had any advice? Love the videos.

  19. run2daylite73 says:

    adam, I now have 1 swing thought, "knuckles down" and have been crushing the ball. Thanks I owe you a beer.

  20. Ben Fullmer says:

    I hit some good iron shots, but most of the time they are going waaaay right or straight but not airborne. I feel like when I hit the ball right it's the clubface turning. Heeeellllppp!

  21. David says:

    I just strated golfing, your videos has helped me so much

  22. Walt Reyer says:


    I have a return net and radar that I practice with in my yard. It seem to help my swing speed when I feel the club going back
    and feel the direction change , and then feel the club going downs? I seem to get more feel and better swing speeds when my right wrist bends back more in the down swing ? It seem too help me bow my left wrist through impact? I think its all timing?
    Just watched you Hitting your irons pure video!

  23. Robert Konopken says:

    Very well explained. I am going to try this at the range. I do have a tendency to come over the top and outside-in the swing, so I will have to get that under control. Just discovered your videos and I find them very concise and informative.

  24. monzx3 says:

    Thanks for this video! I've played golf for 15 years and never heard such a great explanation regarding the "Tilting" of the loft on the golf club!

  25. Ryan Han says:


  26. John McGowan says:

    Thanks, as your tips are all new to me and I love them.

  27. john condo says:

    Thank you

  28. peter wheeler says:

    I'm new to golf after spending a lifetime in engineering so I can relate to the mechanics involved in the golf swing ie component angles and arcs. I was particularly interested in the bottom of the swing when you advised on the adjustment of the hands to alter the angle of loft so as to present the sweet spot to the ball. Fascinating. Keep up the good work.

  29. B-Squared Gaming says:

    Doesn't turning your knuckles down close the club face?

  30. R8R says:

    Helped me a lot thanks๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  31. Daniel C says:

    Thanks Adam, I broke 90 with an 88 last week for the first time thanks to much of your help regarding driving an irons. I know 88 is about 18 handicap but it felt great to manage it for the first time, now to beat 85.

    I play in Scotland, living 15 minutes from St Andrew's and 10 from Carnoustie in the city of Dundee, it is often windy here so I often play a half swing golf to keep the ball lower when near the green, I think sometimes it is worthwhile playing the old "bump and run" to get some shots off the score!

    Thank you


  32. nEWBERs Paul says:

    Looking forward to hitting the practise ground! I'm confident this is going to make a huge difference to my game.

  33. Nasty Nate says:

    Had my irons reshafted into something stiffer for my swing speed. They came back .5" shorter than my previous for whatever reason. Now I am having issues with fat toe hits and feeling like I have to step down onto my toes to strike the ball. Is this typical for someone to lose strike quality over only .5" change? It seems to affect all my irons, long and short, even the wedges. Can technique adjust the quality of strike or am I going to have to have them extended? Would love to hear opinions, as the fitter says the change in length to standard should fit me.

  34. Kevin Arrowood says:

    Love you as a teacher. Not crazy about this video. I need tips on hitting irons pure, not tees and magnet gizmos

  35. Kevin Arrowood says:

    Where are you located? And do you do private 1 on 1 lessons? Thanks again

  36. Ryan Schneider says:

    Ive watched 3 different videos for Rt hand grip, Rt hand hindge and downswing and now i can hit my irons soooo much better. Nice and straight and really far. I was NEVER able to hit my 3 iron well and dam sure couldnt even touch 200yrds. But now im hitting my 3 iron 220-250yrds. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks sooooo much for your help Adam!

  37. Skot Ward says:

    Thank you Adam. I've been searching for an instructional video that'll teach me how to not chunk into the ground when the club comes around. Thank you for explaining the concept of Bounce underneath the club head. This little wrist movement that happens at impact is a great thing for me to begin trying to incorporate into my swing.

  38. Jim says:

    You talk too much. Get to it!

  39. James Adcock says:

    I think a sign you are getting better the hole doesn't seem as far away as it did first few times u played

  40. Chris Bracken says:

    Hit irons off tee pretty well, but on the fairway, a no go. Big ol chunk before the ball. Looking forward to trying this.

  41. RayLo RayLo says:

    Very nice explanation Adam.Love the close-ups!

  42. Jeroen Berkhout says:

    Been taking lessons for ages now, and no-one has ever told me any of this. Thanks, Adam!

  43. Michael Gardner says:

    Great advice thanks Adam.

  44. Graham Cole says:

    Insightful, and bloody good

  45. D Mills says:

    I suck at golf; but I love being at the course with no woman(wife) yacking at me while I'm hacking after working my ass off all day.

  46. Simon Baum says:

    Hi Adam, a little update from me at The Sands, Torquay, Vic, Australia… My handicap is now down to 7, and my son still loves his golf. So in about 20 months, I have gone from around 36, down to 7… My 8 year old son with his Driving has gone from 50-60 yards, to 150+ yards (roll out). You are the best Golf Coach on YouTube! Thanks so much for helping make the game more enjoyable, for more people! … In the future, I would love to book in for a Lesson in Florida.
    Thanks so much, from Simon and son Teo.

  47. Gibson45er says:

    Agreed, you're lessons are the best I've ever seen. Im 59 and have been playing since I was 16. Thanks so much.
    Chuck Rawlinson

  48. Leonard Martin says:


  49. Leonard Martin says:

    No one showed me that. I bet I finally get ride of the shanks!!!!!!!

  50. JonathanBaylor22 Baylor says:

    This is where I need help at.

  51. Delmar Yennie says:

    Adam, I am an old flipped from old and am having a hard time with this one. My question to you is where then do I try for release. After the ball and that is really going to be hard for us flippers.

  52. ncpascoe says:

    great info and so easily explained . thanks

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  54. scott mcallister says:

    Great explanation Adam thats what i struggle with hit the ball to high.When are you coming over to scotland so i can get a lesson๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒ๏ธโ›ณ๏ธ

  55. Lenny77Ludolf77 says:

    Very good tips mentioned in the video!!! Can you explain to me what I can do if the ball sometimes flies away to the left (hook) when using your tip? Thx…

  56. Shawn Davis says:

    I really appreciate your short lessons thank you.

  57. Corey Pare says:

    This video was extremely helpful. I've been golfing < 1 year and I can't say for certain if keeping my weight forward and coming through the ball was actually the cure, but I played my best round of the season after watching this. I was also hitting all my clubs 10-20 yards further.

  58. Isaac Kim says:

    If you do that wouldn't you block the shot? I am probably wrong though.

  59. past the breakers says:

    wish my fairways looked like that !! that fairway is pure.

  60. Nedko Hristov says:

    Adam, you are a great instructor. Deconstructing such a complicated subject like the golf swing and properly explaining the building blocks of properly hitting the ball. Thanks for all the good work.

  61. Ben Thacker says:


  62. mike gruber says:

    awesome tip

  63. ripper4life says:

    I'm a left handed golfer and my hits off the ball are solid but hooking left every time…What's going on?

  64. Josal says:

    great advice

  65. MMAoracle says:

    Hm. Why not use an iron with a different angle instead of using your arms to compensate for an incorrect angle on the club?

  66. Red Eagle says:

    This lesson is what I was looking for ! My local golf course hated me because I ruined fairway by digging into it so many times!

  67. MGN01 says:

    Another very insightful video. The โ€˜8 iron on clipboardโ€™ illustration was very helpful. Thanks, Adam.

  68. bill macintyre says:

    Thanks Adam, I am a 74 year old golf nut who has been skying irons for ages. Today I got your system working a couple of times and it worked well. Looking forward to hitting a lot more solid irons in future.

  69. Stanly Pokipoki says:

    Too much talking

  70. murd777 says:

    1:02 LOL! You can see Jr size. Lol

  71. Vu Huynh says:

    Great Video! I was struggling with compressing the ball and feeling the crisp solid contact at impact. My shots generally have decent distance, but they just felt โ€œweakโ€ coming off the face. This video turned my โ€œweakโ€ contact to a solid compression of the ball, I instantly felt a difference in my contact. Started to attack every pin , and even noticed my balls โ€œcheckingโ€ on the green and spinning back a bit! Great video! Thanks again! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  72. Damien randles says:

    Hi Adam, love your videos! I can turn the wrist down and hit solid little shots, but when I try a full faster swing I miss hit. Any advise? Thanks!

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