Originally Posted by MyrtleBeachGolf
I honestly think the first step in getting the ball to go where you want it to consistently, is to make sure you have a clear understanding of the ball flight laws.
There are plenty of great threads in this forum, with detailed photos, diagrams and instructions. But to simplify it:
The balls initial direction, is generally determined by the club face:
- If your face is open (to your target) the ball will start right.
- If your club face is square (to the target) your ball will start straight.
- If your club face is closed (to the target) your ball will start left.
The balls flight pattern, is generally determined by your swing path (in relation to your club face).
- If you swing outside to inside (over the top), your ball will fade (cut) or slice.
- If you swing path is straight (exactly perpendicular to your club face) the flight path will be straight.
- If you swing inside to out, your ball will draw or hook.
If you want to hit a slight fade (cut) you want to swing outside to inside (slightly) while having the club face aiming just left of your target. The ball will start out where your club face is pointing (just left of target) and then fade slightly from left to right, ending up at your target. The more exaggerated your outside to inside swing is, the more extreme the fade or slice will become.
Your common miss is a straight pull. Meaning you are swinging outside to in (over the top) and you have your club face square TO THAT swing path. In order to correct this, your club face needs to be slightly more open than it currently is. On the range, experiment with both grip and ball position.
As long as you realize the ball will always start in the direction your club face is pointed in, shoud get you in the right direction as far as becoming more accurate with your irons, as it sounds as if your balls initial direct is your current issue.
I hope this makes sense? I'm on my iPad and can't search for the ball flight laws page or put up any diagrams of my own.