First, in order to understand how to hit your irons shots more solid and compressed, and less to the right, you need to recognize that there are two main variables that control this. #1 is Clubface Angle and #2 is Dynamic Loft. Most right-handed golfers at impact have their clubface angle pointed too much to the right with too much dynamic loft, which leads to the weak & right shots.
In order to fix this, let’s start with the set up – in order to control your Clubface Angle, we have to have two things set at address; first, your grip needs to be neutral to strong, which means the “V” created between your index and thumb on your lead hand is pointed at your trail collar bone or shoulder. The second must do at set up to help compress and hit down and through the ball is to have the grip forward (shaft pre set forward), where the hands are inside left thigh, and the left arm and the club make more of a straight line.
Now, let us discuss the Dynamic Loft. Most golfers in their takeaway roll the clubface too open, creating too much loft and most often leads to a steep, over the top downswing. To keep this simple, we want to focus on clubface and changing the loft points. In order to do this, first in the initial part of the takeaway, get the clubface pointed at the ball until your hands get to your right thigh. Second, when the club shaft is parallel to the ground in your takeaway, the clubface should be pointed to the ground. Third, at the top of your backswing, the clubface should be pointed away opposite your target.
You may think these changes will cause you to hit pull shots to the left, but remember you are hitting shots weak, high and to the right, so you always fix a problem by doing the opposite and exaggerating the feel. When are trying these changes, start by going hip high to hip high. Your goal should be to hit the opposite of weak, high and to the right, meaning your objective is to hit it Hard, Lower and More Left!
Enjoy hitting more solid, compressed shots with your irons!
Have fun, Matt Truong