Ironing out the kinks

While players may look at how far they’re hitting their irons in a fitting session, one of the most important areas to focus on is how the ball is flying through the air.

Too many amateur golfers hit the ball too low through a combination of strong lofts and shafts which are too firm. By analysing launch and land angles, as well as spin, we look to build irons which will allow the player to reach and hold the greens effectively. While it’s great to hit your seven-iron 170 yards – if it’s coming in to land at 38-degrees there’s not a lot of chance you’ll see the ball finishing in the right location consistently.

During a fitting, we look for the ball to be landing at an angle of around 47-degrees with a seven-iron* and work through options for lofts and shafts which create that flight, along with the other key data points listed in the table below.

The key to iron fitting is improving control and accuracy – these are the clubs which build our scores and having your equipment set up to make that as easy and repeatable as possible is essential at every level.

There are a number of ways to achieve this – such as adjusting lofts and swingweights, and stepping shafts – but the key is to work with your fitter to find the setup which is perfect for your swing.

While lessons and changing your swing will help many players with their irons, those with limited time or those who are looking to maximise what their equipment does for them, should visit their club fitter sooner rather than later.

To book a fitting, contact the team at Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre on 01642 133 101.

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