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Flush Your Irons With This One Golf Drill (Impact Made Easy!)

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Milo Lines:
Welcome back to Superstition Mountain. Today, we’re going to talk you through how you can hit your irons like a tour pro using just this one simple drill. Now, Henry’s hung out with me enough to know some of my ideas on how to swing a golf club, and I think we agree on most everything.

Milo Lines:
Now, if you want to be able to strike your irons like a tour pro, some of the things that you need to have is you need to have the handle ahead of the head at impact. We call that a shaft lean, and we also need our body to be kind of opening up so we’re out of our own way. Now, most of you are going about doing that the wrong way. So Henry, let’s walk everybody through how we go about creating those dynamics.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. Look, we’re all trying to get that handle forward. We see Dustin Johnson, he’s like out here. So, oh, I should just drive the hands forward, right?

Milo Lines:
That’s that’s what everybody thinks, but what usually happens when somebody tries to do that?

Henry Fall:
If you’re coming down the line or you’re pulling your hands forward and coming in really narrow, you got to get that club out of the ball somehow, right?

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
So you stall out, throw the club and you get a whole slew of funny things happening.

Milo Lines:
And if you don’t, you get shanks and slices and all kinds of issues. Okay, so let’s walk through, how do we actually create that dynamic? What are tour players doing that creates that dynamic?

Henry Fall:
So, if you just go to impact, as you were showing before, the handle’s a little forward, a lot of them have some of that left hip kind of backing out of the way or the lead hip backing out of the way, their head’s kind of on the ball or just behind it. And there you go. Now, how do you get there? This right trail wrist-

Milo Lines:
Plays a pretty important role. Right?

Henry Fall:
Right. If I throw this trail wrist, I’m not going to have any shaft lean. Look, the club’s already past my hands.

Milo Lines:
Exactly.

Henry Fall:
So instead, I maintain this angle as I begin to rotate out of the way.

Milo Lines:
Perfect. Now, it’s key that the angle we’re actually trying to maintain is the extension of the trail wrist. Most of you guys are trying to maintain the hinge up of the wrist, which is death.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
So we want to feel like that wrist is back here like this. The weight of the club’s holding it back, just like a ball does when we throw it.

Henry Fall:
Just like skipping a rock or throwing a ball.

Milo Lines:
Perfect. So let’s walk through the drill that can help everybody learn how to feel that.

Henry Fall:
Right. And some people have probably seen this drill where you preset impact. So what I would do, instead of just driving the hands forward for this impact drill, I’m going to back my left hip out of the way, my chest starts to open a little bit. Now I re-grip and I hit a little chip shot out there.

Milo Lines:
Perfect.

Henry Fall:
Now, the trail wrist, as I brought it back extended and I maintained it and rotated through.

Milo Lines:
Perfect. So that’s the key. So we’ve got to get that trail wrist extended. Now, if the trail wrist is extended, is it possible to hit the ball without rotating through?

Henry Fall:
It’s going to be really difficult.

Milo Lines:
I don’t think you can. So I think that’s kind of the key. If we get that trail wrist extended, then we have to start to use our lead side to turn ourselves out of the way, and we’re going to get the rotation that we want.

Henry Fall:
Right. Because everyone’s trying to keep this radial, this more vertical hinge coming down, but look where that puts me.

Milo Lines:
You can’t even hit the ball. Now you have to dump it.

Henry Fall:
You’re definitely not rotating because the club’s here. So you stall and you throw. If you have extension, club’s more back here and you can rotate and, oh, you’re not going to take a big divot either.

Milo Lines:
It can be shallow and hit that nice compressed ball flight. So let’s do that again. Let’s do a nice little small one.

Henry Fall:
Let me just show them one more time on this angle.

Milo Lines:
Okay.

Henry Fall:
So here’s my impact. Again, I’m not just pushing the hands forward. I rotate, chest starts to open. Now I get the handle where we want it.

Milo Lines:
Okay. So do that again. Just a little tippy one. Perfect. So once you can do that, what do we do next?

Henry Fall:
So from there, once you feel comfortable with that shorter distance that I’m hitting it. I have a pitching wedge here. I’m only hitting it, what? 70, 80 yards?

Milo Lines:
Yep.

Henry Fall:
So once I get comfortable with that, now I just take a longer swing. I build it up a little bit.

Milo Lines:
So now we’re going to turn it back a little farther and turn it through a little bit more. Right?

Henry Fall:
Right. But I’m still going to preset here and then go back.

Milo Lines:
Perfect. Beautiful. And that’s striking an iron like a tour pro.

Henry Fall:
Well, there you go. So build it up. You’ve probably seen some tour players do this drill, but key is the extension of the right wrist and knowing to rotate once you have that.

Milo Lines:
Yep. Those are the keys.

Henry Fall:
There you go.