How to Strike Your Irons AND Your Woods - You Need to Know the Difference!

driver irons Nov 08, 2021

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Hey everybody Danny Maude here thanks for joining us how often do you play around with golf your driver goes amazingly well but you suddenly strike your irons poorly or on a completely different day now you strike your irons really good but your driver now goes off the boil or you're topping your fairway woods how do you strike your driver your fury was and your irons consistently well like the best players do on a regular basis well the best players know what they should be doing at impact there's a subtle difference between the driver the fairwood and the iron strikes i want to share with you today because i think it could really really help before i get into the video look though if you're new to the channel for your first videos of mine please consider subscribing just press that little bell button next subscribe button you get notified every time i release a video just like this one plus you never have to remember a thing i'll always put a free downloadable practice guide in the description box below great so what do the best players do what they do differently between the irons of fair woods and the drive we're going to cover all three today well it's very very simple the first thing they do just to show you here the stage one is process they have a swing where the club head naturally works upwards it falls downwards to a low point and then naturally flows back upwards and it's that low point that is one of their major key differences in how they strike a golf ball let me show you what i mean if i take an alignment stick here okay and you can see i've bent it so there's a this is your backswing this is your downswing and look at this there's a low point to that swing now if you want to strike your irons well slightly into a fairways and drive but if you want to strike your irons well that low point is slightly ahead of the golf ball maybe about two to three inches okay can you see that so we're actually starting striking the ball on the way down and the club strikes the ground after the golf ball i'll show you how to do that consistently in a second so what we need to do in order to start to kind of create that shape so the low points afterwards there's a stage to this and i'll cover a little bit this in the last few weeks videos but the first thing is you need to make sure that you have the up bit in the swing on both sides then we'll talk about how you can get the low point consistent so the up bit is super simple we do not turn and turn the swing isn't around and around if you turn and turn around and around there's no real up bit so what you've got to have you've got to have your body moving in such a way that's going to create this up down and up so the first thing i want you to do super simple put your arms by your side get some flexion in your lead side some extension in your trail side this is your back swing this is your down swing yeah now because golf is also rotational we're now going to keep this and we're going to add some pivot to this so i'm going to get flexion in my lead side i'm going to stretch over now to my trail foot and notice this my extension here my trail side this is what this extension here gives me the upward motion of the arc i then come down naturally and what gives me the upward motion on the way through that's right flexion and extension of my lead side so you need to do these exercises to make sure that you first of all have a swing that is a swing which is up up extension here extension here now you have the up motion once you've felt that a few times you start to kind of sense this motion up down and up again we can then start to work on how you improve your low point check out this top video in the top right hand corner where i go into much more detail on this exercise so let's today concentrate on how to improve your low point of each of your clubs so you can improve your consistency of ball striking now you need a feedback station to do this now all i'm going to do here i'm in in my studio here but there are different ways to do this in on a range map i've got a tpeg here i'm going to scrape a line look on the ball line here as a reference point that's my ball line and then gonna scrape another line here in front of the ball maybe two or three inches you could use foot powder spray on the golf course you could use leaves you could do all kinds of stuff to give you some reference point as to where you're striking it you could throw sand down in fact you could go into a practice bunker and you can draw a line where the ball is okay draw a line then in front of that golf ball start to make some swings and identify where you are currently striking the sand relative to your ball line right so it's a great way of giving you some form of feedback that is what you need once you've done that okay all we then do is start to hit some shots and try to get the ball and start to make contact with the ground after that golf ball so trackman's here is going to show me what i'm doing and you can see here look on trackman we've got a low point distance and that's going to it should be an a would be showing that i'm after the golf ball if it's a b at the end of this it'll show that i'm hitting before the golf ball let's have a look at this in action

so look at that there look i've got a 4.2 after the golf ball that is what i'm doing i'm hitting after the golf ball here distance carry with that a tine is 155. total distance is 160. let's see what happens now if i start to kind of swing and i start hitting maybe the ground behind the golf ball

look at the difference here look so 1.6 behind the golf ball carry now has dropped off to 131 why because what you do is not only does it affect the quality of your ball striking the other thing it's doing is you're adding too much loft onto the golf club and you start to get into this chicken wing position here more loft might hit it higher but you just don't lose you lose the distance you lose the power and more importantly you start striking the ground you're going to lose your strike too so how can you make sure that you get ahead of the line each and every single time so because you've got your feedback station doesn't necessarily guarantee does it that you're going to hit it there you might see it and why do i keep hitting behind that line well the first thing i don't want you to do is this i see a lot of people say well should i look ahead of the golf ball well the problem if you do that you might start to chop at the golf ball and start to chop trying to chop down and trying to hit the ground there well what's the problem with that well you've missed stage one out we hit the ground but look you're staying in flexion we aren't extending through the shot remember there needs to be an upward motion if you're just chopping at the golf ball that's never going to work what you're doing is you've got to make sure that you still have a flowing swing and you've got to trust the feedback station to gradually make the subtle changes there's always going to be a natural shift of pressure moving over to this lead side so if you go up and up just keep swinging and if you're in the bunker doing this simply keep going you might start striking the ground behind the golf ball just keep swinging up and up until eventually you start to strike the ground after the golf ball and you've got as simple feedback as that but never never never try to do it this destroys so many golf swings all right so let's have a look at fair woods and how fairwood slightly differ to this so moving on to fairy woods do you find that sometimes if the balls on a tee with a fairway you can actually hit it okay but when the ball's on the ground you can now why is that well look using this arc again if your low point is too far behind the golf ball if the ball's teed up you can get away with that maybe the fairways are longer you've got longer grass you can hit it off longer grass why because your low point is behind the ball ball teed up you can up on the ball you get away with it the problem is when the ball is on firm ground you need to make sure that your low point at the very least is just below the ball the best players have it slightly ahead of the golf ball not as much as irons maybe just a couple of inches now that's way too precise so how do you go about developing that skill with your fairy woods well same principles apply you still need the same swing the up motion and then the up motion extension on the way through all the things you need we're going to put the feedback station in place so we've still got the lines here the difference now is as opposed to having these lines maybe four or five inches apart i'm going to move the ball now in between these lines now all that basically is is me pushing the ball slightly further forward in my stance and again i'm going to use the same principle i'm going to focus on where that club is making contact with the ground nothing more complicated than that now remember i am still not trying to hit the ground on purpose why because that gets me what going down at the ball as opposed to look extension and extension there's always going to be a low point so therefore all you'd try to do is keep the beautiful flowing swing and start adjusting your low point very subtly as you swing backwards and forwards use it as a simple guide so let's have a look at this in action so i took my three wood let's give it a bit of a smack

a little bit clean yeah look at that so that was a little bit clean i hit here look 1.2 inches behind the golf ball and that's got me look spraying it a little bit look behind and actually out to the right now total distance is what 260 carries 245. but that's not a great shot why because i probably lean back a little bit i've actually caught caught the ground a little bit behind the golf ball so for me to make this more accurate i've got to now start to shift that low point a little bit more ahead of the golf ball here so let's have a look at this in action again let's even get the low point now a little bit more ahead and see what that does to the actual shots

okay so look at that their low point there is 0.5 inches after the golf ball that's been a difference of 200 and look at 260 yards carry almost with a 284 total have a look at the screen on the left hand side too you can see the low point here is after the golf ball just slightly this is making a big difference to the distance and the quality of the strike that you're going to get just like the irons if you hit up too much on on the ferry you're not going to strike it so good it's going to probably come out the lower point of the golf club 2 losing your distance now what changes do you make with driver well with the driver what we're gonna do is we need to make sure that we actually hit up on the driver now that i know that some people say well i you know i hit down it works absolutely fine well it does top play some top players do hit drown on driver for accuracy but distance for starters most it signs to prove that if you hit up on the driver it makes the biggest difference so look at this here all we're going to do we're going to shift the low point now behind the golf ball by two or three inches so that's the motion we want to hit up on the driver how do you go about achieving that well all i'm going to do now is this there's a couple of different ways to do that don't do it with the three wood you grab your driver and what i want you to do is you just need to get the sensation i did this with a recent student of mine so many players with driver again they're staying too much luck inflection in the lead side here and going around and around that's never going to get you getting the low point behind the golf ball notice it here look if i want to get that low point behind the ball if i start to go into extension here my body starts to go almost backwards through impact here and that's going to get me hitting up on the ball what i do don't want you to do though is this i see golfers go i want to try and hit up on the ball they push the ball forward correct they get their pressure maybe a little bit more back that's okay too but then what they do is they stay back here trying to up on the ball we don't do that what i want you to do instead is this two options here or you can join them two together make some swings and i got a recent student mind jeff doing this i got him to almost look way behind the golf ball almost exaggerated and look i got him to literally throw the club downwards here behind the golf ball what that does when you throw the club down the club's going to go like a catapult you throw it earlier if i feel like you're throwing it early it goes like a catapult and naturally if the low part is going to be feel like it's way behind you start to hit up on the golf ball wonderful by the way if you slice because slicers never throw the club here they throw it here okay now the second thing i did with a student of mine this also works is this i got him to push away from the target what i mean by that is this same principles if you want to hit up on the ball if i oppose the forces club so i push away from the tag and throw in the club i don't go with the club i am literally pushing it throwing the club away and pushing away from this that then as you push away from the target that naturally gives you a upward and powerful angle okay you grab over this end of the golf club and you will pull that way and i pull this way you're pulling away from the target it's going to give you the strength so look i've got either releasing it behind here that's going to give me the upward angle i'm also pushing this into a ball position naturally further forward and maybe or push away from that going backwards and that's going to again release that club through the impact area let's have a look at this in action

okay look look at that 6.3 look behind the golf ball really hitting up 270 carrots and not massive carry 280 total we can do better than that we can do better than that so you can see look at the graphic on the left hand side certainly behind the golf ball so what i'm going to do now is keep that distance behind the ball but really start to ramp up my speed and let's see if we can really get some carry out of this

there we go much better 285 carry 297 tall still look with the 6.7 behind the golf ball there we go this is going to give me the upward angle that's going to give me the the power i needed to what did i do do different between the two simply let the club go drop faster speed it all up but in summary control your low point understand the difference between your irons your fairwood and your driver irons low point is roughly about four three four inches past the golf ball fairways just a couple of inches driver is behind the golf ball what changes do you make use the feedback station make sure you draw a line here draw a line here to have some feedback throw some sand down around the golf ball go into a practice bunker play around in practice bunker doing exactly the same thing and remember with all of this still the golf swing has extension in the trail side on the backswing extension the lead side at no stage are we trying to throw the body behind the ball on driver or throw the club down ahead of the golf ball with your irons these are all things that aren't golf swings it is keeping this lovely upward motion and upward motion on both swings just subtly altering the low point as you go how do you time all this like any sport just with some practice all right so i hope this helps to get you striking the ball with all of your clubs now if you'd like the video give it a thumbs up maybe share it with some of your friends who you feel could do some help with one element of these but it's a fair word or their driver or maybe even their ryan's and remember look there's a free downloadable practice plan in the description box below so you never have to remember a thing and if you're new to the channel you want to join the community it's completely free to do so just press that subscribe button and the bell but until next week have a great golfing week