A common mistake that many golfers make when using a long or medium iron is to try and take a divot—driving the club head abruptly down through the ball as if hitting a short iron. Attempting this will usually produce one of three unfortunate consequences: you may hit far behind the ball and barely budge it along the fairway; you may go down through the ball but not be firm enough with your hands, so the ball goes over the green; and you may hit too high on the ball. The best way to eliminate all these errors is simply to sweep the ball off the grass with the club head, striking it just a fraction of an inch before the club head reaches the lowest point of the swing. Hitting the ball in this manner greatly increases the chance for a shot that will finish somewhere on or around the green. To play the shot this way, the ball at address should be positioned opposite the left heel, not back in the center of the stance where so many golfers place it. Then take your regular swing. Forget about the ball. Concentrate, instead, on nipping off the top of the grass that is directly underneath it.