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Golf Question: What Are Offset Irons And How Can They Improve My Golf?The club head on an offset iron is designed with the club face set back behind the club shaft/hosel. These offset irons are suited to players who have a tendency to slice the golf ball.




When you hit an iron shot, you want your hands leading the club face. The design of the offset irons puts you in a hands leading the club face position at address which helps promote this position during impact.

The main principle of an offset iron is to aid players who have a tendency to slice the golf ball. A slice is caused when the club face is open compared to the direction the club head is travelling in at impact. So how does an offset iron help straighten out a slice?

With the club face being set behind the shaft gives the player more time to square the club face at impact. This split second delay of the club face allows the face just a touch more time to square up at impact. Another advantage to slicers is the location of the centre of gravity (COG) being set further back behind the club shaft. The COG being further behind the shaft also makes it easier to square the club face at impact.

The fact that a slice is caused from the club path travelling too much across the golf ball, means the only way to truly eliminate a slice is to change the club path. To change your club path, you need to make changes to your golf swing by swinging the club more down the target line.

An offset iron can serve a purpose in straightening your slice into a straight pull, but it is recommended that golfers learn to straighten out their swings in order to abolish those sliced shots.

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Most golfers have all hit the dreaded shank at some time. It is a horrible sensation and can really affect some players mentally. A shank is caused when the balls impact location is off the hosel of the club. This shot is usually caused when the golf club is swung either too much out to in, or too much in to out. With the path travelling across the golf ball, the shank happens when the swing is mis-timed.

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The only way to fix your club path is by fixing your golf swing. Technology and measuring devices such as Trackman have proved that the direction of the club path compared to the face aim is responsible for adding the curvature to the ball. Offset irons can aid in helping the club face to close, but that wont fix your club path.

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A golfer hooks the ball when the club face is too closed relative to the direction the club is being swung. The ball starts close to where the club face is aimed at impact, with the curvature produced by the direction of the club path relative to the face alignment. As an offset irons helps the golfer square the club face, the chances are you will end up hooking the ball an even greater amount when using an offset iron.