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The pursuit of a well struck iron shot

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The Shiny New Club Syndrome

Posted by ironsolid on December 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

We’ve all been there, you run into a golfing friend at the club, “Hey how you hitting them?” you ask. His reply, “Great, I got that new set of irons and that new driver, amazing technology.” About three weeks go by and you run into the same golfing friend, the enthusiasm has worn off the shiny new clubs, the technology is just OK now, as he still struggles with his game, because after all what really matters is the quality of his shots or the numbers he is writing on his score card.


Buying a better game or score is golfers paradise. I call this the Shiny New Club Syndrome. The same golfer would never humble them self to actually taking some meaningful instruction or learning to practice with purpose to improve their golf performance but they will buy the Shiny New Club. Sounds a bit exaggerated but ultimately it’s true. Golfers all love to see and try the shiny new club, but before long, it’s not so shiny, it’s not so cool, and then we want a newer club.

 


Nice cut away view of the Taylormade Rocket Blade Irons. Now that will improve your ball striking, right?


Instead of searching out time- tested and scientifically-validated principles and theories, you’re always on the lookout for the next trick and or trend in golf club technology! It’s human nature. We all get excited over the newest thing in club technology. Even me. It’s the premise on which all golf club marketing is based - get people’s emotions flowing over the shiny new club! A few weeks later, we forget all about it. We have all been there. The cycle repeats itself over and over.


We have the shiny new club but the same old ball striking skills, which unfortunately until fixed will show up, usually in the most in opportune time, when we need to be spot on with an iron shot. I have nothing against technology in golf equipment, but the truth is as technology has advanced, the average handicaps have also advanced in the wrong direction. So I am sure it’s not the technology, right? Of course not. Besides the Shiny New Club every golfer wants the Quick Fix. You know the one move, grip change, or tip that will suddenly change your entire ball striking capability from mediocre to excellent. This is known and Pard-Science, or….Partner Science. Your golf partner reads everything about golf, and each week he is coming up with a new “tip” that will fix his and your game. Do this _____________(fill in the blank), that is what Rory does and he is Number 1 in the world. This rarely, if ever work for the recreational golfer.


What we all are searching for is consistent iron play, solid crisp ball striking skills, distance and accuracy control, and maybe the skill to shape a shot when necessary. No Shiny New Club or Quick Fix is going to provide that consistent iron play. I hate to tell you, those results will only come through some diligent, well thought out practice. The key is to practice what will matters the most, aimlessly beating balls down the practice range is unproductive so stop wasting your time and money.


There are Five Swing Dynamics that I adhere to that I learned from Bobby Clampett’s great book the Impact Zone: These are dynamic principles that every great ball striker exhibits, not to be confused with style, which varies from golf to golfer.


1. Flat Left Wrist at Impact (solid impact position)


2. The Forward Swing Bottom (hitting the golf ball before the ground)


3. Proper Loading (the Wrist Cock)


4. Lag and Body Pivot (the Golf Swings Workhorse)


5. Straight Plane Line Through the Impact Zone (the Guiding Dynamic)


The IronSolid training aid will help you build these dynamics into your golf swing regardless of your style. Used properly the IronSolid makes the golfer hit the ball first prior to hitting the ground, other wise you will contact the training aid. This bothers a lot of golfers, they let their ego get into the way. My advice to those with big egos, hit the practice range when no one is around and try using the IronSolid.




Here is what I’ve noticed, the “good” golfers, club pro’s, very low handicap players, and collegiate golfers, have no issue using the IronSolid, they actually like the training aid. The recreational golfer, has a problem, because they have to change. Well change is good if you want to become a better ball striker.


Of course you could always just go out and buy the Shiny New Club, it will feel good for a while then you will be back to where you started. This year, buy the IronSolid for $29.95, save yourself around $700.00 or more and build better ball striking skills, you will find your old clubs work fine. Buy the IronSolid right here! and Hit It Solid!

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The Impact Zone - all tour players are the same

Posted by ironsolid on September 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Just finished up reading the book titled "The Impact Zone" by Bobby Clampett.  It talks about mastering the moment of truth - the area right before and right after the golf club contacts the golf ball.  It is a unique instructional guide to the dynamics of the golf swing all focused around making solid consistent contact with the golf ball.  It starts with the putting stroke (dynamic #1 - flat left wrist), takes you through chipping (dynamic #2 - forward swing bottom), then on to pitching (dynamic #3 - loading the club on the backswing), to the full swing (dynamic #4 - lagging the load through the impact zone) and finally swing path direction (dynamic #5 - swinging the club along a straight plane line through the impact zone).


While most of the instruction is centered around hitting a consistent and solid iron shot, there is also some interesting information about what happens when PGA Tour Pro hits the driver - they hit the ball on the down swing.......


The book is loaded with good information, some of the story telling is lacking and I feel wasn't necessary to get across the point Bobby was trying to hammer home.  This book cemented in my thought process what really takes place when a PGA Touring Pro hits an iron shot.  For research they used SwingVision high speed slo-motion video to analyze what happens in the impact zone - seeing that Bobby Clampett worked for CBS as an on course analyst he had plenty of video to watch.  When I was researching the design for the IronSolid training device I watched about 50 hours of video to determine that all of the PGA Touring Pro's hit the ball with a descending blow when hitting an iron shot, regardless of their stature or what their swing style looked like.


One of the biggest take aways for me, was the great explanation of swing "style" versus swing "dynamics".  Style is what most recreational golfers chase when trying to hit a consistent quality iron shot.  Style are individual preferences such as grip, stance, length of backswing, follow through and over all swing methods. Dynamics are what every PGA Tour Pro has in common, or they wouldn't be playing at the highest level.  These could be called "fundamentals" but that would confuse most golfers, since we tend to think of fundamentals as grip, stance, posture, back swing, follow through and so on.


The majority of golf teachers teach these 'fundamentals' to the majority of the recreational students.  When I learned golf that is what I was taught.  Then along came high speed slo-motion video and we discovered what really happens in the moment of truth -  these dynamics.


Dynamic #1 - you must hit the ball with a flat left wrist, Dynamic #2 - you must hit the ball first then the ground, so that means the bottom of your swing arc is forward of the ball, Dynamic #3 - you must load the club on the back swing by hinging your left wrist, Dynamic #4 - you must lag that loaded position until the last split second before contacting the golf ball, Dynamic #5 - you must have the clubface travelling along the swing plane and down the target line for the instant that club head contacts the golf ball.


The beauty of the IronSolid training device is you can not hit a good iron shot using the device unless you adhere to all five swing of these swing dynamics.  If you break any of these five swing dynamics, you will hit the IronSolid device either on the take away or the down swing when attempting to hit the golf ball.


One new thing I am going to do is practice hitting my driver using the IronSolid.  I am going to experiment with ball position and train myself to hit the ball off the tee with a slight downward path, thus moving the bottom of my driver swing arc forward of the ball.  I know this works with my fairway metals and my hybrids, so it should work well with my driver, although I do not want to contact the turf during the driver swing.  Vijay Singh, one of the great ball strikers in golf, would practice hitting his driver off the turf on the practice tee to make certain that he was hitting the ball on the downswing, and he is one of the longest and most accurate golfers on the tour.


That is my review of the book, and it confirms everything that is correct about the IronSolid training device. Hit It Solid!

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How Important Is Iron Play?

Posted by ironsolid on August 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

The September 2012 Golf Magazine has a very interesting article on page 94-95. The article looked at how recreational golfers play the 18th hole on Dorals Blue Monster compared to how the Pro's play the hole.  The 18th is a brute of a par 4 that gives the pros fits, it measures 467 from the tips, and boast a 4.486 scoring avergage.  From the white tees it measures a stout 422 yards.  The study tracked 74 pro's during the second round of the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship.  The study then tracked 57 golfers during a June 30, 2012 round of golf, the average handicap was 17.1, the scoring average was a whopping 5.842 for the hole!


So what was the huge difference? It was iron play!



The take away:  Average Joe Golfer hits the fairway almost as many times as the Tour pros 44% vs. 47%, although the dispersion parttern was larger for the amateurs, they difference was only 3% in fairways hit from the tee. The Tour pros actually hit more tee shots into the water hazard as they attempted to shorten the distance of the hole. The huge difference in skill level came on the second shot, just 4 of the 57 amateurs hit the green in regulation. The Tour pros hit the green in regulation 23% of the time almost 3.5 times as often as the recreational golfer.


Want lower numbers on your scorecard?  Hit more greens in regulation!



If you want to play more like the Tour pros, the numbers suggest you work on your mid irons, your chipping and putting.  With todays driver technology and the modern golf ball, most mid handicap golfers can hit the fairway with some good distance.  The break down comes when they are faced with a mid iron to the green.  If you want to write lower scores the numbers suggest you hit more greens in regulation.



With some additional practice using the IronSolid training device, you will begin to make solid contact, and learn the skill to hit solid irons.  This will improve your score, no lie.  The numbers tell the truth!


Buy the IronSolid here: http://www.ironsolid.com/apps/webstore/products/show/829959

The IronSolid Mastery Method - Putting, cut up to 6 strokes

Posted by ironsolid on August 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

As golf season continues and starts winding down to club championships and end of summer tournaments it is time to assess your golf game.  Did you have game improvement goals this season?  or are you mindlessly playing golf every week as a habit, hoping to shoot lower scores?  how was your practice routines through out the season?  did you improve this season?



If you fell short with your game in any aspect, there is still time to increase your skills and post your best scores of the season. By following the IronSolid Putting Mastery Method we have golfers cutting up to 6 strokes of their scores consistently. Just eliminating the dreaded 3 putt can move the needle lower on your score quickly.  So how do you practice to increase your putting skills? Do you have a precise methodologly? Improving your putting will lower your score, anyone can improve their putting, you really do not need to take lessons to be a very excellent putter, you just need to practice correctly and efficiently.


The IronSolid Putting Mastery Method gives you a blueprint for success, master the 10 Steps and you will improve your skills on the greens dramatically.


To master the First Step all you need to do is hole 8 putts consectutively from 10 inches! That's it, then move on to Step Two.....and start progressing to Step 10. Now that you have a method all you need to do is follow the "yellow brick" road to putting success.


Practicing putting skills will give you the biggest return on your practice time, and the good thing is putting practice is virtually free.


If you want a free copy of the IronSolid Putting Mastery Method drop me an email at [email protected]


You can also purchase the entire Mastery method here http://www.ironsolid.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2853090

Hit It Solid Every Time by Hank Haney

Posted by ironsolid on July 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

With the irons, shift your hips and lead with your hands for great ball-turf contact.  One of the keys to becoming a great iron player is making good ball-turf contact.  It's also one of the hardest things for many players to do.  For most, the club bottoms out too early and hits the ground behind the ball.  The clubhead slows way down and is moving upward through impact, producing a higher, weaker flight.  Ideally, the bottom of the swing with an iron--would be that the clubhead hits the ground a few inches in front of the ball.  To achieve that, the handle of the club has to lead the clubhead into impact.  For that to happen, the lower body must shift towards the target at the beginning of the dowswing.  You also should turn your hips in conjunction with the shaft at the start of the downswing to get your weight to your front foot. Now your hands are leading the clubhead into the ball, setting you up for flush contact every time.

Who am I to to argue with Hank Haney, one of the best Golf Teaching Professionals in the world today.  I totally agree with Hank when it comes to hitting a Solid Iron shot every time.


Buy the IronSolid here: http://www.ironsolid.com/apps/webstore/ and Hit It Solid! Every Time.

How to Get Your Swing Back

Posted by ironsolid on July 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Lost?  I've been there.  Go to the practice range before a round of golf after not playing for a week or longer and you feel like you lost your swing. Panic sets in.  Nothing seems to feel right.  Solid contact has eluded you once again.


Here are a few tips to find your swing quickly and get back to making solid contact with your irons.


Think Low Draw.  Try to imagine you are hitting low draw shots.  Take an 8 iron and choke down about an inch and hit low draw shots using a half or three quaters swing.  Make ball-turf contact, coming from inside the target line. 


Set Up Closer to the Ball.  Standing a little closer to the ball helps you trap the ball between the clubface and the turf.  The shaft is a little more vertical and this helps cut down on the swing arc.


Make a Smoother Swing.  The low-draw feel is an agressive yet smooth swing.  You are coming inside the target line, trapping the ball and then releasing the club, the ball flight will be lower and the shot will run after it lands. Start the ball out to the right and bring it back, think of a 7 to 1 o'clock swing pattern.


Swing Around a Posted Up Left Leg.  A downsing path from inside the target line is key in order to start the ball to the right and draw it back towards the intended target. Swinging around a posted up firm left leg will give you plenty of room to swing down and through the ball from the inside, follow through like you are trying to hit the ball to right center field in a baseball field.


The key is to get back the ball-turf solid contact with your irons as quickly as possible.  My drill is to hit 8-irons to a target green or flag that is around 125 yards away, using the low-draw approach.  Once I am back to making solid contact I then go forward and hit full released iron shots in my normal practice routine, assess the ball flight and then play that shot in the round.


Hit it Solid!

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Platinum Golf Fitness

Posted by ironsolid on July 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

The beginnings of a new revolution for golf fitness:

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Hitting Solid Iron Shots - The Open Championship

Posted by ironsolid on July 19, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Wow, I just watched Adam Scott hit an iron shot from the fairway on 16th hole in the first round of The Open Championship.


The first thing I noticed was the divot flying, then the divot pattern on the turf. He stuffed it to within 4 feet, birdie!

The best ball strikers hit the ball first, then the turf!  Sure they may miss shots but they mis them right and left of the distance they intended because of solid contact.  Everything changes when you can hit the golf ball solidly.


What are the keys to hitting solid iron shots:

Correct angle of attack

Correct club head path to the ball

Correct practice method


The IronSolid training device will aid you as a golfer to accomplish all of those keys to hitting tour quality iron shots.

Hit it Solid!

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Hit Solid Iron Shots -The Results Timeline

Posted by ironsolid on July 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Most recreational and mid to high handicap golfers are not seeing the results they need with their iron play to write lower scores.  In a recent questioning of this class of golfer, the contributing scoring problem is a result of a poor iron shot at some point. Usually it is result of a poorly struck iron shot.  A shot that is not solid, a mis-hit.  Most golfers can put the ball into play off the tee box with todays technology.  It is when they are faced with a shot that requires an iron or a hybrid club to be played off the turf to approach the green where the inconsistency occurs.  I have come up with a very simple advanced results timeline to hitting consistent iron shots.


This is a straight line approach.  

With Four Milestones betwen Point A and Point B.


Point A is where you are right now in regards to your iron play.  Point B is where you want to be, or the results you are seeking.  Let's begin with the results you are seeking, or Point B.


The majority of the golfers want the following results from their iron play: 

  • Solid Contact
  • Distance Control
  • Hit More Greens in Regulation
Point A is where you are currently.  We need to map out Four Milestones on the timeline to get to the results we want.


Milestone #1 Get Real:  Establish your starting point by getting accurate current measurements of your distance and shot shape in your iron play.  Start by breaking your iron set into two groups, 3,5,7,9 and 4,6,8,PW, substitute appropriate hybrids into the groups if applicaple.  Document the distance and shot shape with each iron. That is your starting point. You will probably find, you don't hit the ball as far as you think and there is a consistent shot shape pattern to all your iron shots.


Milestone #2 Improve Solid Contact:  Keeping your iron set in two groups you will alternate practice sessions, using even and odd groups. The drill for improving Solid Contact is to learn how to hit one quarter swing punch shots with each club, striving for solid contact on every shot.  Solid contact is define as striking the ball and then the ground on the target side of the golf ball for that shot.  You may progress to half swing shots as your skill increases, but as you are working on this milestone avoid full swing shots in practice sessions.


Milestone #3 Distance Control: As you become skilled in solid contact you will now be able to establish distance control.  The key take away here is control. With solid contact can you hit a green (target) 125 yards away with every club in your odd set of irons (3,5,7,9)?  Can you hit a green (target) 100 yards away with every club in your even set of irons (4,6,8,PW)?  You may have to adjust the intital distance based upon the distance you hit the 9, or the PW in the set.  That is the distance we are looking to control.  For example, can you hit a green (target) everytime 125 yards away with your 7 iron?  Once you become proficient in distance control at these two distances, re-test your distance and direction with each iron on a full shot.  This will be your new baseline, not the shot shape.

Milestone #4 Hit More Greens in Regulation:  Solid contact, check. Distance control, check.  Now it is time to hit more greens in regulation. The distance and target from now on, regardless where the flag is on a green (target), is the distance to the center and the task is to hit the appropriate club to carry that distance.  Our distance requirement for the iron shot is the distance to the middle of the green, period end of story. No pin seeking (yet).

You can work from moving from Point A to Point B while you still play your rounds of golf.  You are not working on "swing changes", you are working on skill development.  You just might find the quality of your play increasing as you continue to work towards Point B.

This is a journey towards results, this is not magic, a secret, or a magic swing. Everyone is capable of hitting quality iron shots.  There is not alot of magic involved.  The only measurable fundamental in golf is can you consistently hit the ball and then the ground on the target side of the golf ball when you hit an iron shot.  Everything else is a variable.

I will write more on each of these milestones, they will be available to those that send me an email with your contact information.


Hit it Solid! Buy the IronSolid here: http://www.ironsolid.com/apps/webstore/

 

Mid Season Review

Posted by ironsolid on July 13, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Are you hitting solid iron shots? It is mid-season for most spring-summer-fall golfers.  Time for a little review and some re-dedication to getting back to the principles of a well struck iron shot.


There are five keys to hitting a quality well struck iron shot consistently:


1.  Your head must be still through the impact zone.  "keep your head down" and "I looked up" or "I peeked" can be heard after a poorly or mis-hit iron shot very often on the golf course.  You must concentrate on keeping your head still.


2. Weight on the target side leg.  All of the best ball strikers have the majority of their weight on the target side leg at impact, somewhere between 80-90%.

 

3. Flat left wrist. This allows you to deliver the entire club at the rate high of speed it is moving into the golf ball.  Setting and maintaining a flat left wrist through the impact zone is the most important key to consistent distance control and crisp powerful iron shots.


4. Inside the target line target path.  As the clubface approachs the impact zone it takes a diagonal path (inside) to the golf ball, not a straight back and straight through path.


5. Controlling the clubface. Your only connection to the club is your grip, the back of your left hand represents the clubface positioning to the target, and how it relates is very important.  Your hands and the target path of the golf club through the impact zone control shot shape.


The IronSolid training device will train you in these five keys.  The goal when practicing with the IronSolid is to avoid hitting the IronSolid on your takeaway, and avoid hitting the IronSolid when you attack the golf ball while hitting your shot. Once you set up properly, start slowly and build up to a full shot.  Most golfers will start out hitting chip or pitch shots to train the impact zone (12 inches before the ball and 6 inches after the ball).


I will expand on the each of these key areas to hitting a quality iron shot as it pertains to using the IronSolid in practice in future articles.


Hit it Solid!





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