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Can't hit my long irons off the tee!!!


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Getting fed up of this now, off the tee with all my woods I am fine, all my Irons off the deck are fine, but long irons (4-6) off the tee are terrible, always either catching them thin and right, or high and right, so any Par 3 over 160 and I am screwed...

The par 3's ruined my score today, played a course with 5 par 3's and scored 5/5/4/5/4
As an example, in this same round I hit 5i and 6i from the fairway and put both on the green yet from a tee could not hit either straight.

I have even started tee'ing the ball as low as possible to make it like I am hitting off the deck but no joy!

Distance is always pin high just well right, any idea's before I see a pro?

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without knowing anything about your swing, it sounds like you're speeding up your tempo and trying to hit the ball too hard because its a tee shot.

Since your tempo is sped up your swing doesn't have time to square up the clubface, and you're making contact with the clubface still open.

Just slow it down, try and pretend its not a tee shot.
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It also sounds to me like you may be trying to hit it on the upswing rather than hitting it like a normal iron shot. You are likely either flipping your wrists at it or setting the ball too far forward like a driver. You're obviously hitting on the upswing either way if your misses are thin or high, and are inconsistent. I tend to have a similar affliction when it comes to hitting irons off the tee, so I just hit off of the teebox grass instead of teeing the ball up. Best of luck!
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Sounds like you could be trying to get under the ball when it is tee'd up. Whereas when it is sitting on the ground, you hit more down on it.

Either way, you should perhaps look into getting more weight forward at impact. Perhaps work on holding the flying wedge.
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Going right could mean that your going after it a bit too hard or fast. If so,... heres what I do. I go to a stronger left hand grip for a few holes until I start seeing a slight pull. Your timing will come back as soon as you relax about the mental block.
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when is celtic manor being closed to get the course in shape for ryder cup?

From the 25th for two weeks the resort is closed full stop, no members, guests or residents, the Twenty Ten has been the main focus for a while now though so will be in mint shape.

Sounds like you could be trying to get under the ball when it is tee'd up. Whereas when it is sitting on the ground, you hit more down on it.

Yeah maybe, what is the flying wedge lol?

Going right could mean that your going after it a bit too hard or fast. If so,... heres what I do. I go to a stronger left hand grip for a few holes until I start seeing a slight pull. Your timing will come back as soon as you relax about the mental block.

Yeah could be going at it too hard, just hard not to for some reason with par3's? mental block is a big factor as well.

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Are you kidding? Why should anyone be annoyed about taking a divot off the tee? Watch the pros or any good golfer on a par three. Even if the ball is on a tee, it is so low as to be nothing more than a good lie. And they ALWAYS take divots, because they are hitting down on the ball.
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Are you kidding? Why should anyone be annoyed about taking a divot off the tee? Watch the pros or any good golfer on a par three. Even if the ball is on a tee, it is so low as to be nothing more than a good lie. And they ALWAYS take divots, because they are hitting down on the ball.

Yeah I know what your saying, was a bit of a stupid thought that

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I am a greenskeepers worst nightmare with irons on a tee box. I dig pretty deep with the 6-PW.

Yeah one of the guys I play with (6 HC) takes big divots with the same irons, so not sure why I was worrying about playing it of the deck.

On this note, his SW divots you could tie to your feet and use as shoes, or as he likes to do, hangs it from his belt buckle and says "70's bush" before replacing it on the crater he dug LOL
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An update fro anyone who ares

I played all the par3's this weekend off the deck and my scores for the 5 par3's were as follows 3/5/2/4/4 the 5 being a 3 put as the flag was 40 feet away from my ball, but I am well happy with the results.

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Just remember, the tee is just to give you a good lie, sitting up nicely, and you still need to hit it like a regular shot. You can't swing up into it or try to crush it. If it's your tempo that's the problem, you could always try taking one club extra and swinging at around 3/4 to try and hit the green.

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