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Date Posted: 14:46:26 08/01/20 Sat
Author: David Lake
Subject: Re: Long iron struggle
In reply to: Rob 's message, "Long iron struggle" on 10:45:18 07/31/20 Fri


The first article on the “Golf Tips” page of our website is entitled “How to Play your 1 Irons”. The thrust of the article is that, although you already have the one swing ingrained to use with all of your 1 Irons, the mental challenge of using just this one swing, set-up, and ball position with all of your clubs is something that takes time to get used to. You consciously know to use this one swing with all of the irons but you will unconsciously use your old ingrained "long iron" swing when hitting your 1 Iron #3, #4, and perhaps #5 iron. It just takes some time, practice at the range, and swing repetition to overcome these ingrained habits.

As an example: I built a set of 1 Irons for my brother-in-law fifteen years ago. About a month after he received them I asked him how he was hitting his irons. He gave me the exact same answer as above and asked if I would help him. The first thing I did was to explain to him that every iron in his bag was identical with the only exception being the loft angle of the clubface. Therefore, it just made common sense that if he could hit his pitching wedge well he should be able to hit his #3 iron just as well. Then we went to the range and I handed him different irons and had him hit five shots with each one. The thing was that I handed him his #6 iron telling him that it was his #8 iron (five perfect shots), his #5 iron telling him that it was his #7 iron (five perfect shots), and finally his #3 iron telling him that it was his #5 iron (again, five perfect shots). After hitting his #3 iron I asked him how the shots felt and he said that they felt great but that he had never hit a #5 iron that far in his life. I told him that he still hadn't and to look at the bottom of the club to see what iron he was holding. After he picked his jaw up off the ground I again explained that getting used to a set of single-length irons is 90% mental after playing standard length golf clubs for years. Anyway, he never had a problem after that and his #3 iron has been his "go to" club ever since. Sometimes it is necessary to trick your conscious and subconscious mind in order to eliminate ingrained habits.

Go to the range taking only your 23º and 43º irons with you and go back and forth hitting five balls with each while concentrating on using the same swing. It won't take long before your problem is solved.

David Lake

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