Drill Your Iron Shots
Approach Shots
Golf Instruction

Compress Your Irons Like A Pro

It's all about the approach

Photo by J.D. Cuban

If you're near a pro who's hitting an iron shot off the fairway, one thing you might notice is the sound it makes. A compressed ball off the center of an iron's face creates this distinctive noise as it cuts through the air, like a burst of steam releasing from a pressure cooker. If you want your shots to sound like that, you've got to hit down on the ball. That's key. Here are four steps—including a drill—to make it happen. —With Ron Kaspriske

Illustrations by Todd Detwiler


David Leadbetter: Swing Mantras