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Approach shots to the green:
Long Irons often the best choice for your second or third shot, and Parr three holes off the tee, refer to the yardage chart for distance you could expect to attain with each club the LOWER number should give you more distance.
For example your 6 iron should give you an accurate shot with a distance of 145 yards.
One of the ways I recommend to keep you timing and tempo. Keep this saying in mind:
Normal speech!! My favourite saying is: Tee it High Let it Fly (The time it takes you to say that is the time it should take from when you start your take way and impact with the ball)
The degree of difficulty increases the *LOWER the number on the club.
(Lower the number gives you less loft). They are designed to give you the correct trajectory and distance. Which is why it is important that you develop a natural swing: That has balance, timing, tempo, rhythm that you can repeat every time. Then you can trust your club select. The change distance and trajectory, DOES NOT MEAN YOU CHANGE YOUR SWING. It mean you select the correct club with the correct loft, go through your pre-shot routine and check you alignment, above be positive trust your club and your swing.
Three irons will give you 175 yards; with a lot of practice will be straight and long. Most average club players prefer to use a three wood for this distance, professional nearly always use the irons because they have a smooth repeatable swing and they or their caddies know the exact distance they can achieve with that particular club.
Most us how play with the latest top of the range driver , they all have one thing in common large club heads, so we have become accustom to teeing the ball high in line with the sweet spot on you club.
You need to practice on the range, maintain a nice easy smooth swing with balance timing and tempo, and hit five balls with each club, record the distance of each ball then divide the total by five and that is the average distance for that club.
With wedges that is a different technique, at the academy we teach on the principle of the clock face, that way your muscle memory can record the correct swing for the distance you need the ball to travel, the short pitch or chip shots needs soft hands, feel and touch.
Many golfers now play with the new hybrid (Iron-wood) which can promote higher more accurate shots.
Before you select your club check the distance, this can be the actual yardage to the flag, or the distance that will give you the ideal shot to the green. If it is too far to reach the green from the fairway or has hazards then most good players prefer to select a target that leaves them their best distance to the flag. (You can expect to play a good shot to the green with a pitching wedge from 100 yards out).
Do not forget to allow for cross winds; also make adjustments for the lie of the ball. E.g. slopes rough grass etc.
Refer to your yardage chart; select the club for the distance. Select the club that allows you to make your normal full swing. No matter what the distance is your swing tempo remains the same every time, the club selected will control the loft and distance. Trust the club always no negative thoughts be confident and positive.
Ok now you have played your shot - If it landed on the green WELL done.
However if it landed short you now need to play a shot that will leave you a nice short up hill putt.
This can be done with a Chip Shot, a Pitch shot, or the percenage shot which is your next lesson:
Bump and Run.
Please read the instructions you will note that the key to low scores and good golf is the practise that in turn gives you the muscle memory to have a natural swing that you repeat every time.
You will note in the instruction, that it is the club selection that determines distance the ball goes, for consistent low score you must know the distance you play with each club in your bag.
In the lessons we have told the best way to pre-determine the distance you play with each club.
You spend time on the driving range – preferable one where you are play from grass rather than a hard mat. First loosen up with the exercise’s we recommend in get fit for golf.
Then a few practise swings to get your balance, tempo timing and your rhythm right.
Then have someone to help with a good eye and a pen and paper. Play five shots with each of your irons in turn using the distance markers on the green or if you have a range finder record the distance for all five shots (Hopefully they will all be roughly in the same are area and have gone the approximately the same distance) Total up the collective distance for all five balls then divide by five that gives you the average distance for your long irons, and your utility clubs.
The pitching wedges are a little different but still very useful to know the distance you play with a full swing. ( Close to the greens you do need a soft hands and lots of practise)
Long Irons Video
For the left handed players: a Phil Mickeson