Lesson TeeJuly 17, 2013

3 Keys To Crisp Iron Shots

Here you see one of the great young talents on tour today: Sang-Moon Bae. The 27-year-old from South Korea, who I started working with earlier this year, won his first PGA Tour event at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May. Bae is a terrific putter, but what I really like about his game is the way he attacks the ball. Notice three things here:

  1. Almost all of his weight has shifted to his front side, and he's pushing off the ground to generate leverage and power.

  2. His hips are almost facing the target; hip rotation keeps the club on the correct path.

  3. He's keeping his chest pointing down so he can compress the ball with a downward strike.

Copy these keys, and you'll get more out of your irons.

Tour Facts

TOUR FACTS

The most accurate PGA Tour pros average only 12 or 13 greens in regulation a round. The reason they don't hit more is that they often fire at specific parts of the greens to try to set up birdies. The seven-figure winner's checks on tour make it worth the risk. But if you're a bogey golfer, use the entire green as your target. Aim at one side and let your pre-dominant shot shape move the ball into the fat part of the green.

RICK SMITH, a Golf Digest Teaching Professional, is based at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich.