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How do I make great contact with my irons every time?

Swing Tip From Director of Golf, David Maslen

David Maslen - Mon, 26 Feb 2024

Anyone who has gone to the driving range or played golf multiple times has made great contact at least once. The question I always get asked is  How do I consistently make great contact?”
It is simpler than everyone thinks. There are only two things you need to control to make great contact.

#1 You must hit the ball in the center of the club's face.
#2 You must learn how to control your low point.

Where is the center of the club face?
Center of the club

What is the low point? The golf swing is referenced as a circle. Every circle has a top and a bottom. The
bottom of the circle we call “low point.” 

Low point

For the irons, your low point should be after hitting the golf ball. In order to do this your club head needs to be swinging down into the ball. If you do not, you will hit the ball “thin” or “fat.”

What is thin? When you hit the equator of the golf ball. Thin contact results in the ball not flying high into the air.

What is fat?
When you hit the grass before the ball. Fat contact results in the ball flying a shorter distance than intended.

The number 1 influence on low point is your weight distribution. For example, let’s say you are hitting the ball too early or “fat.” It’s an easy fix. Simply place more of your weight on your “lead leg” at setup. For right-handed golfers this is your left leg and the opposite for left-handed golfers.

The rule of thumb is that you should have at least 60% of your weight on your lead leg at setup before swinging the club back. This will help move your low point after the ball. Personally, I will tell you to place whatever amount is necessary to move the low point after the ball.

Do this drill to practice your low-point control.

Take any iron and draw a line in the sand. Place the line in the middle of your body and swing a golf club. I want
you to hit in front of the line, behind the line, and on the line. If you can do all three, you have control of your low

Low-point control

Do this drill to practice your center of contact.

All you need is two tees. Place one outside the toe and one inside the heel of the golf club. Practice
swinging through the tees without hitting them.

Center of contact


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