The Art of Golf: Mid-Irons

The Art of Golf: Mid-Irons

By: Nick Bockenfeld, PGA
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Mid-irons are the most used irons on the range. If someone on the range is hitting an iron, chances are it's a 7 iron. The 7 iron and 6 iron make up the mid-iron category. They are somewhat difficult to hit, and if you get good with them, par 3s get easy. Even par 4s get easy, though those usually mix both long and short irons. In my opinion, most par 3s should average out to a mid-iron



You must remember that when hitting a mid-iron, your goal is not to hit it far. Every iron has a specific distance; that is your stock distance. So a stock 7 iron for me is 183 yards. I can jump at it, swing a little harder, and get it up to 200. I can also take smaller swings and hit it down to 155 and still get the good flight I want. If I want to take off a little distance, I can hit a fade. I can also choke down a little and take a sawed-off swing. Whatever it is, I have several ways to take distance off. But that 7 iron always has a specific distance I am hitting it. It's like throwing darts. You never throw the dart as hard as you can; you always aim for it to hit an exact spot. Hitting your irons is the same in that regard, just like pitching. Hitting your irons should be a lot closer to pitching than driving. You are trying to hit an exact spot, not swing as hard as you can. If you don't hit your irons all that far, who cares, hit them to a spot, not as far as possible.


Consistency of Ball Striking

With all irons, the consistency of ball striking is critical. Consistently hitting it in the center of the face gives you a consistent ball flight and distance out of similar swings. For instance, if you are hitting it square in the middle, it will help you to hit the ball the same distance. When you know where the ball will land and can aim accordingly, hitting your mid-irons becomes incredibly easy. The best way to become a consistent ball striker is to practice your tempo. The best ball strikers in the world have one thing in common. Their tempo is the same every single time. They all have different tempos, one from the other, but the biggest key is that it is the same for that player every single time. Have you ever just gotten into a rhythm on the range? Where you pull it back the same every time, and you are just puring it every single time? That is when you lock in your tempo and hit the same rhythm every time. This is when you hit the ball right in the pure spot every time. It does the same thing every time. Life is good.

There is scarcely a better feeling than getting into this groove. It is tough to find, though. Until now, that is. The CTRL Swing Master Training aid makes finding this groove the second you get onto the range easy. First, you build a model with your club, hitting shots and telling the app good or bad. After 10 good swings, the model is built. Then you can bring it to the range every time you hit balls. Put on the CTRL Swing Master, pick the model you want, turn on the metronome, and find your groove. The metronome will help you to find that perfect groove. You don't even need to go to the range. You can take practice swings anywhere once you have a model built. The CTRL Swing Master training aid is a revolutionary tempo training tool that fits your ideal tempo. There are plenty of tempo trainers in the world, but none of them assimilate to your ideal swing, except for the CTRL Swing Master. If you want more consistent ball striking, the only way to do it is the CTRL Swing Master. If you took a break for a couple of months, it wouldn't matter, come back and get right back to grooving your perfect swing.


Be in Sync

Another important part of consistent ball striking and making great contact is having your entire body in sync with itself. You need to bring the club and your hips through at the same time. The best way to do this is to do the towel drill. This is one of the best drills you can do for your golf game. It's simple, and you have everything you need already in your golf bag. Throw a towel under your arms and hit little 75% shots on the range. 3 on, 1 off. You always do a drill 3 on, 1 off, and wean down to 1 to 1, then hitting more shots on than off. It's simple and effective.



Puring mid-irons are one of the most important skills you can have, especially as you play harder courses where the greens are rock hard. Hitting the ball pure is vital. If you hit it thin, you lose spin, and your ball will roll over the back of the green. You have to have a lot of spin and good flight to have a chance at stopping it on greens that are rock hard and lightning fast. The best way to do that is to focus on tempo and sequencing. These skills are vital to be able to play a hard course.

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