So you are out on the golf course and you need to get your irons close to the flag.
Your first decision is how far the golf shot is and what outside elements can come into play. i.e. wind, weather, trouble to avoid. You can then make a calculated decision as to what club you will need to execute the shot to the best of your ability. Sometimes you may get stuck between golf clubs to use or the shot requires you to hit the ball higher or lower. You need to be able to modify your golf club easily to help with the demands of changing the distance and height.
Fault – The golfer is stuck in between distances and struggles to choose the correct club for the job. This results in taking less club and hitting it very hard which can easily sacrifice technique and quality of strike. The golfer may take more club than is needed and decelerates through impact because they know they have way too much club. Both the above decisions can interrupt your general tempo and swing characteristics. This can lead to bad contact of the golf ball and incorrect strikes. This will most likely result in missing the target and forcing the golfer to recover with a good chip or bunker shot.
Fix – Modify the golf club’s power to reduce the distance the golf ball will travel without compromising strike, tempo or consistency. This is a tip you can take straight out on the golf course to modify the distance you can hit your irons. Think about your golf club as having three different settings, 100% power, 90% power and 80% power. For example, if the golfer held the golf club at the top of the grip, as the golfer would do normally, and hits their average full hitting 7 iron 150 yards (100% power), an easy way to modify the distance of the golf ball would be to hold the golf club about one inch down on the grip. This will reduce the club head speed as not as much power can be produced. If the golfer held the club one inch down (90% power), and hit the ball with a full swing, still the ball will travel less distance than before (roughly five to ten yards shorter). An easy way to modify the distance of the golf ball again would be to hold the golf club about two inches down on the grip. This will reduce the club head speed even more than before as not as much power can be produced. If the golfer held the club two inches down (80% power), and hit the ball with a full swing, still the ball will travel less distance again (roughly ten to fifteen yards shorter).
Key tip – Still hit the golf club with a full swing as you would normally do and allow the shorter shaft length to change the distance rather than you needing to hit the ball softer or harder.