In this instructional golf video, Top 100 Teacher Peter Kostis responds to users tip requests by sharing two tricks to help you make more solid iron shots.



The key to achieving solid iron strikes in golf lies in a combination of proper setup, swing mechanics, and impact conditions. Here's a breakdown of the key factors that contribute to consistent and solid iron strikes:

Correct Setup

Ball Position: Place the ball in the center of your stance for most iron shots. Adjust slightly depending on the club you're using.

Stance Width: Keep a shoulder-width stance to promote balance and stability.

Posture: Maintain a natural spine angle with a slight bend at the hips and knees. Stand tall and avoid slouching.

Alignment: Align your feet, hips, and shoulders parallel to the target line.

Weight Distribution: Distribute your weight evenly between your feet or slightly favor your lead foot.

Swing Plane

Takeaway: Initiate the swing by turning your shoulders and keeping the clubhead low to the ground. Avoid lifting the club too quickly.

Backswing: Rotate your shoulders, hips, and torso while maintaining your wrist hinge. Keep your lead arm relatively straight.

Transition: Begin the downswing by shifting your weight onto your front foot and rotating your hips and torso. This helps you approach the ball from a shallower angle.

Downswing: Maintain a smooth and connected transition from the top of your swing. The club should approach the ball from the inside, allowing you to strike the ball before the ground.

Impact Conditions

Ball-First Contact: Focus on striking the ball before making contact with the turf. This ensures clean and solid contact.

Descending Strike: To compress the ball, ensure your hands are slightly ahead of the clubhead at impact. This leads to a downward angle of attack.

Square Clubface: Aim to have the clubface square (or slightly closed) to the target at impact. This helps control direction and spin.

Body Rotation

Engage your lower body in the downswing, initiating rotation from your hips and transferring weight to your front foot.

Maintain your posture and balance throughout the swing, allowing your body to rotate naturally.

Consistency and Practice

Develop a consistent and repeatable swing through practice and proper mechanics.

Focus on a controlled and rhythmic tempo to ensure consistent strikes.

Visualization and Feel

Visualize the desired ball flight and impact conditions before each shot.

Develop a sense of feel for solid strikes by paying attention to the sensation of contact and ball flight.

Impact Position Drills

Practice hitting balls with a towel or headcover positioned just in front of the ball. This encourages you to strike the ball cleanly without hitting the towel.

Professional Instruction

Consider taking lessons from a golf instructor who can analyze your swing and provide personalized feedback and guidance.

Achieving solid iron strikes takes practice and dedication. Focus on developing a sound setup, maintaining proper swing mechanics, and paying attention to impact conditions. Over time, you'll improve your ball-striking consistency and see better results on the course.


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"The Key to Solid Iron Strikes"