If you want to hit the ball well, you need to start with a solid setup.
Here I am in the address position (above). When I look down, I can see my hand position, ball position and get my lines right. My forearms are in a good position and, for a 5-iron, my shoulders are angled nicely, too.
A good way to practice is to set up around your ‘T’ shape. I do this all the time. You’ll see tour players put alignment sticks down on the range at tournaments to help with their set-up.
It’s a good way to get your symmetry right. I was playing recently at an event and I did this all week in the run-up to the opening round and during my practice.
Your impact position
At impact, you’re going to see the right knee move into position as you hit down on the ball. Your right knee should be heading towards the target.
The right heel starts to come off the ground and you should start to feel much more pressure into your left foot.
The shaft angle increases at this point in the swing. Head position is very much the same, though my left hip has started to rotate, so the clubhead and the arms can pass through into the target line.
1 – Open your left foot (more than me!)
2 – Clear your left hip
3 – Increased shaft angle will give a more centered strike
4 – Move your right knee across towards your target
Why I do this
The whole basis of this tip is to try and create this position and generate it easily through muscle memory. You stand in a static position and, hopefully very quickly, you’ll get a better understanding of where the pressure points are.