Golf Tips : Key Shots : Short Iron

Many golfers learn to play with a single club – often a six or seven iron – and this remains their favourite club throughout their playing years.

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If you can play this shot well, you can play any shot well as the short iron swing is the bedrock of all golf.

The only variation between clubs is the ball position and width of stance.

As a rule the higher the club, the narrower the stance and the further back the ball should be in the stance.

Step One.

Take an open stance with the ball in the middle with the hands slightly ahead of the ball.

Pick a specific target – for instance don’t just aim in the direction of the green, aim for a specific point on the green.

This will help you visualise the shot.

Step Two.

Swing normally, concentrating on a nice smooth takeaway and a full turn of the shoulders and hips.

Step Three.

On the downswing make sure your hands remain ahead of the club as you drive your knees, hips and shoulders back towards the ball.

Aim to clip the ball first then the turf as you make contact.

Don’t forget to ‘hit’ the ball.

Attack it as you unleash the power stored in your swing.



Tiger Woods savours WGC-Bridgestone Invitational win

Tiger Woods admitted he will celebrate his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational win “quickly” before turning his attention to the US PGA, which begins on Thursday.

Following his disastrous Open championship at Turnberry, where he missed the cut, Woods has won two tournaments in a row, and is eyeing a third at the Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota this weekend.

“It’s going to be a quick turnaround,” Woods said. “I’ll be out there tomorrow. I’ll celebrate quickly.

“I’m going to play Monday and Tuesday and then do nothing on Wednesday, just practice, that’s it. Get to know the golf course a little bit on Monday and Tuesday and then shut it down Wednesday.”

Woods won the Buick Open in Michigan on Aug 2 and followed it up with a four-stroke win over Padraig Harrington and Robert Allenby at Firestone Country Club yesterday.

And he insisted the two wins came as a relief following his performance at Turnberry, although he argues it was not as bad a performance as some were led to believe.

“I just felt that I had six bad holes, and that six bad holes took me out of the championship, and I only missed the cut by a shot,” he said.

“it wasn’t, I don’t think, as bad as everyone thought it would have been. You’ve just got to not have those bad stretches, just clean it up a little bit.

“I was able to do it the last couple weeks, and instead of having a bad stretch, I had positive ones,” he added.

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