Your irons are the nuts and bolts of your golf game. If you can't strike the ball consistently and keep your shots landing on the green, golf will become a challenge for you.
Whether it is just a flick with a pitching wedge into the green or you are going for the putting surface in two shots on a par-5 with a 4-iron, you need to be able to play a number of different shots.
This is where the fantastic headcover drill comes into play. This drill prevents your swing from moving on the wrong path and it prevents shots from coming out of the toe or the heel.
Francesca from Denton Golf Club in Manchester competes in the Rose Ladies Series and many other professional competitions up and down the country.
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To begin the drill, take any iron out of your bag and take the headcover from off the top of your driver. If you are at the start of your practice session, it is better to start with a 9-iron to ease your way into your session.
Before you take your stance, put the headcover underneath your right armpit, or your left armpit if you are lefthanded. This headcover must now stay there throughout your swing.
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While trying to keep the headcover trapped under your armpit, your arms are not leaving the body and becoming detached. This provides more control in your swing.
If your arms come away from your body when you are hitting an iron, you can lose control of the clubface. We want to prevent this, we want you to control your clubface and precisely strike the ball out of the middle.
Just as Francesca is doing in the images above, you must focus on keeping the headcover under your arm. In this way, your right arm is in a stable position.
You can also do this drill with a golf glove as well as a headcover. If you swing back and the headcover drops on the floor, this shows your arms have gravitated too far away from your body.
If you keep your arms close to your body, without exaggerating, you can maintain control of the clubface and this will prevent you from hooking or slicing your shot.
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