Irons Flying Too Low – Hooks A

    So you’re lined up on target, you’ve got the ball positioned correctly in your stance and your hands are in the right spot at address. Then why are you hitting your iron shots so low?

    One possible cause is excess hook spin. This is created when the clubface is closed at impact in relation to the swing path, which de-lofts the club and imparts right-to-left sidespin (for a right-handed golfer) – a double whammy.

    Again, assuming your alignment is fine, it sounds like your swing path is too inside-to-out, or that you’re over-rotating the right forearm and wrist through impact.

    First, check your swing path with this driving range drill:

  • With a ball in place, put a plastic range ball basket, clubhead cover or similarly light object between the outer edge of your right (back) foot and the target line.
  • Address the ball and take the club back. Stop when the clubhead is 2-3 feet behind the ball.
  • Using your club, move the basket to a spot approximately 2-3 inches inside the backswing path.
  • When hitting shots, your club should miss the basket to the outside (ball side) going back and coming down.
  • If you hit the basket going back, your takeaway is too far to the inside; your downswing path probably is, too.
  • If you hit the object on the downswing, you’re too far inside.
  • Keep in mind that if you must make an unusual effort to miss the basket, you’ve likely been swinging with an exaggerated inside path.
  • If you determine path to be your problem, this very drill will help cure it.
  • Let’s say your swing path checks out OK. You may need to fix an over-active release.

    To make the hands more passive through the hitting area, practice keeping the back of your left hand pointing at the target through impact.

    This will prevent the right hand from dominating and, hopefully, generate those gorgeous, soaring iron shots you covet.