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One swing 2 opposite ball flights.

By benmasongolf, Jun 28 2017 08:53AM

Does this familiar. "I can draw my irons but I slice my driver."

This is something as a golf instructor I hear a lot. 90% of the golfers I teach come to me with this problem so if this is something that you do don't worry it's very common and if you can understand the concept of why you might be able to stop doing it.

The problem actually stems from trying to make the same golf swing with both irons and the driver. Here's why.

Let's start with the subtle differences between how we hit irons and how we hit drivers.

1st of all the ball with a driver is generally teed up and with an iron it is generally on or very close to the floor.

2nd of all the ball position with a driver generally placed more opposite the lead foot and with an iron shot the ball is place more opposite the centre of the feet.

These 2 subtle differences in set up play a huge roll in how your golf ball flies. Let me explain.

If a golf swing was made and both balls positioned in their respective places (driver teed up and opposite lead foot) the golf club naturally would make contact with the golf ball positioned on floor opposite the centre of the feet first and then would make contact with the ball teed up and positioned opposite the lead foot second.

Let's think about that for a second. That means a driver hits the golf ball later in the swing than in iron does. This has far reaching complications.

Because the golf club doesn't travel in a straight line through the impact and actually travels on an incline somewhere between 40 & 65 degrees (depending on the individual) the golf club when it makes contact with the first ball is traveling in a different direction to when it's makes contact with the second ball.

This is why you can make an identical golf swing but produce to very different results.

Let me explain further. Let's say a golfer has a swing direction where when the golf club reaches the lowest point of its arc is directly at the target or 0 is described by launch monitors today. If this golfer makes contact with the golf ball before it reaches the low point (E.g. With a iron club when ball is placed opposite the centre of the feet) the club head because of the inclined swing is still traveling to the right (for the right handed golfer) and we know that if we want to draw the ball the club needs to travel in this direction.

Now the same golfer with the same swing direction of 0 hits the golf ball after the low point of the arc (e.g. with a driver when the ball is opposite the lead foot and teed up) the club head is now traveling to the left (once again for the right handed golfer) and we know this is a common reason why a ball slices.

All this is why you can make identical swings and hit two very different shots. So the next time some one tells you that you need to make the same swing with a driver as you do with an iron I wouldn't expect the same result.

To find out how to get the same ball flight with both irons and drivers or just learn to manage the different ball flights you can find me at iGolfStudio. Email me at to to get booked in.

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