For alot of golfers the less than full swing is a total mystery. Even some tour professionals try to avoid the ‘in between swing’….
Today I’m going to begin a discussion on this topic by giving those who struggle with the ‘in between swing’ some great advice.
Specifically, I’m talking about that shot where the yardage seems to be right in between two clubs. Can’t get an 8 iron there, but a 7 iron is too much!
This advice comes from a tour pro caddie, and I think it is fantastic! It can really help golfers make more confident swings….
Let’s say you hit your 8 iron 140yards, and you hit your 7 iron 150yards. Of course, you now have a shot from 145 yards away. If it’s a middle or back pin, this tour caddie will say, “Hit a solid 8 iron. You’ll have an easy uphill putt to the hole.” He’s discussed with his player that a 140 yard 8 iron gets the player within 5 yards of the hole, that’s 15 feet…. Most golfers would be content with that shot and his player is far more likely to make an assertive and confident swing.
If it’s a front pin, he would simply convince the player to hit 7 iron 15 feet past the pin. Get the ball on the green, have a chance for birdie.
In almost every instance, a low handicap golfer can freely make a full swing knowing that they can get within 30 feet of the hole….
Some golfers say that 15 feet isn’t good enough…. Maybe that’s true for a tour pro. Maybe…. Remember, there are 18 holes out there. A good player will have wedges in their hands 3-6 times during the round, and will also have another 3-6 ‘stock’ iron shots to hit. Those will be better chances to knock it tight! (If only it were that easy!!!). Be patient. The key is to step up knowing you can make a comfortable swing!
For higher handicap golfers, this is a very important way to make free swings! What’s the yardage you like to hit a full iron shot… Find an area that is safe and close to that distance and swing with CONFIDENCE!
So lesson number one: Figure out a way to make comfortable swings as often as possible.
Next: How to improve on that ‘in between swing’….