tee shot to eight feet
par-3 15th hole at Magnolia Golf Club
WHEN: Final round
of Children's Miracle Network Classic
To hit crisp iron shots, Tour players make sure the shaft is leaning forward at
impact so that the club face traps and compresses the ball against the turf.
This, combined with better technology and fitness, has made modern pros
amazingly long with their irons. Down the stretch, with several players bunched
atop the leader board, Ames hit several spectacular mid- and long irons,
including the one at 15 that put him in the lead.
Hit and Hold for
Crisper Iron Shots
To trap and
compress the ball, the hands and the grip must be ahead of the club face at
impact. To learn how that feels, take a five-iron and hit half shots while
trying to stop the club immediately after impact. Hold that position and check
if your hands are even with your left thigh. The goal is to see how far forward
you can lean the shaft at impact.
teaches at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.