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Hit It Solid Every Time by Hank Haney

Posted by ironsolid on July 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

With the irons, shift your hips and lead with your hands for great ball-turf contact.  One of the keys to becoming a great iron player is making good ball-turf contact.  It's also one of the hardest things for many players to do.  For most, the club bottoms out too early and hits the ground behind the ball.  The clubhead slows way down and is moving upward through impact, producing a higher, weaker flight.  Ideally, the bottom of the swing with an iron--would be that the clubhead hits the ground a few inches in front of the ball.  To achieve that, the handle of the club has to lead the clubhead into impact.  For that to happen, the lower body must shift towards the target at the beginning of the dowswing.  You also should turn your hips in conjunction with the shaft at the start of the downswing to get your weight to your front foot. Now your hands are leading the clubhead into the ball, setting you up for flush contact every time.

Who am I to to argue with Hank Haney, one of the best Golf Teaching Professionals in the world today.  I totally agree with Hank when it comes to hitting a Solid Iron shot every time.

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How to Get Your Swing Back

Posted by ironsolid on July 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Lost?  I've been there.  Go to the practice range before a round of golf after not playing for a week or longer and you feel like you lost your swing. Panic sets in.  Nothing seems to feel right.  Solid contact has eluded you once again.

Here are a few tips to find your swing quickly and get back to making solid contact with your irons.

Think Low Draw.  Try to imagine you are hitting low draw shots.  Take an 8 iron and choke down about an inch and hit low draw shots using a half or three quaters swing.  Make ball-turf contact, coming from inside the target line. 

Set Up Closer to the Ball.  Standing a little closer to the ball helps you trap the ball between the clubface and the turf.  The shaft is a little more vertical and this helps cut down on the swing arc.

Make a Smoother Swing.  The low-draw feel is an agressive yet smooth swing.  You are coming inside the target line, trapping the ball and then releasing the club, the ball flight will be lower and the shot will run after it lands. Start the ball out to the right and bring it back, think of a 7 to 1 o'clock swing pattern.

Swing Around a Posted Up Left Leg.  A downsing path from inside the target line is key in order to start the ball to the right and draw it back towards the intended target. Swinging around a posted up firm left leg will give you plenty of room to swing down and through the ball from the inside, follow through like you are trying to hit the ball to right center field in a baseball field.

The key is to get back the ball-turf solid contact with your irons as quickly as possible.  My drill is to hit 8-irons to a target green or flag that is around 125 yards away, using the low-draw approach.  Once I am back to making solid contact I then go forward and hit full released iron shots in my normal practice routine, assess the ball flight and then play that shot in the round.

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Posted by ironsolid on July 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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Hitting Solid Iron Shots - The Open Championship

Posted by ironsolid on July 19, 2012 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Wow, I just watched Adam Scott hit an iron shot from the fairway on 16th hole in the first round of The Open Championship.

The first thing I noticed was the divot flying, then the divot pattern on the turf. He stuffed it to within 4 feet, birdie!

The best ball strikers hit the ball first, then the turf!  Sure they may miss shots but they mis them right and left of the distance they intended because of solid contact.  Everything changes when you can hit the golf ball solidly.

What are the keys to hitting solid iron shots:

Correct angle of attack

Correct club head path to the ball

Correct practice method

The IronSolid training device will aid you as a golfer to accomplish all of those keys to hitting tour quality iron shots.

Hit it Solid!

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Hit Solid Iron Shots -The Results Timeline

Posted by ironsolid on July 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Most recreational and mid to high handicap golfers are not seeing the results they need with their iron play to write lower scores.  In a recent questioning of this class of golfer, the contributing scoring problem is a result of a poor iron shot at some point. Usually it is result of a poorly struck iron shot.  A shot that is not solid, a mis-hit.  Most golfers can put the ball into play off the tee box with todays technology.  It is when they are faced with a shot that requires an iron or a hybrid club to be played off the turf to approach the green where the inconsistency occurs.  I have come up with a very simple advanced results timeline to hitting consistent iron shots.

This is a straight line approach.  

With Four Milestones betwen Point A and Point B.

Point A is where you are right now in regards to your iron play.  Point B is where you want to be, or the results you are seeking.  Let's begin with the results you are seeking, or Point B.

The majority of the golfers want the following results from their iron play: 

  • Solid Contact
  • Distance Control
  • Hit More Greens in Regulation
Point A is where you are currently.  We need to map out Four Milestones on the timeline to get to the results we want.

Milestone #1 Get Real:  Establish your starting point by getting accurate current measurements of your distance and shot shape in your iron play.  Start by breaking your iron set into two groups, 3,5,7,9 and 4,6,8,PW, substitute appropriate hybrids into the groups if applicaple.  Document the distance and shot shape with each iron. That is your starting point. You will probably find, you don't hit the ball as far as you think and there is a consistent shot shape pattern to all your iron shots.

Milestone #2 Improve Solid Contact:  Keeping your iron set in two groups you will alternate practice sessions, using even and odd groups. The drill for improving Solid Contact is to learn how to hit one quarter swing punch shots with each club, striving for solid contact on every shot.  Solid contact is define as striking the ball and then the ground on the target side of the golf ball for that shot.  You may progress to half swing shots as your skill increases, but as you are working on this milestone avoid full swing shots in practice sessions.

Milestone #3 Distance Control: As you become skilled in solid contact you will now be able to establish distance control.  The key take away here is control. With solid contact can you hit a green (target) 125 yards away with every club in your odd set of irons (3,5,7,9)?  Can you hit a green (target) 100 yards away with every club in your even set of irons (4,6,8,PW)?  You may have to adjust the intital distance based upon the distance you hit the 9, or the PW in the set.  That is the distance we are looking to control.  For example, can you hit a green (target) everytime 125 yards away with your 7 iron?  Once you become proficient in distance control at these two distances, re-test your distance and direction with each iron on a full shot.  This will be your new baseline, not the shot shape.

Milestone #4 Hit More Greens in Regulation:  Solid contact, check. Distance control, check.  Now it is time to hit more greens in regulation. The distance and target from now on, regardless where the flag is on a green (target), is the distance to the center and the task is to hit the appropriate club to carry that distance.  Our distance requirement for the iron shot is the distance to the middle of the green, period end of story. No pin seeking (yet).

You can work from moving from Point A to Point B while you still play your rounds of golf.  You are not working on "swing changes", you are working on skill development.  You just might find the quality of your play increasing as you continue to work towards Point B.

This is a journey towards results, this is not magic, a secret, or a magic swing. Everyone is capable of hitting quality iron shots.  There is not alot of magic involved.  The only measurable fundamental in golf is can you consistently hit the ball and then the ground on the target side of the golf ball when you hit an iron shot.  Everything else is a variable.

I will write more on each of these milestones, they will be available to those that send me an email with your contact information.


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Mid Season Review

Posted by ironsolid on July 13, 2012 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you hitting solid iron shots? It is mid-season for most spring-summer-fall golfers.  Time for a little review and some re-dedication to getting back to the principles of a well struck iron shot.

There are five keys to hitting a quality well struck iron shot consistently:

1.  Your head must be still through the impact zone.  "keep your head down" and "I looked up" or "I peeked" can be heard after a poorly or mis-hit iron shot very often on the golf course.  You must concentrate on keeping your head still.

2. Weight on the target side leg.  All of the best ball strikers have the majority of their weight on the target side leg at impact, somewhere between 80-90%.


3. Flat left wrist. This allows you to deliver the entire club at the rate high of speed it is moving into the golf ball.  Setting and maintaining a flat left wrist through the impact zone is the most important key to consistent distance control and crisp powerful iron shots.

4. Inside the target line target path.  As the clubface approachs the impact zone it takes a diagonal path (inside) to the golf ball, not a straight back and straight through path.

5. Controlling the clubface. Your only connection to the club is your grip, the back of your left hand represents the clubface positioning to the target, and how it relates is very important.  Your hands and the target path of the golf club through the impact zone control shot shape.

The IronSolid training device will train you in these five keys.  The goal when practicing with the IronSolid is to avoid hitting the IronSolid on your takeaway, and avoid hitting the IronSolid when you attack the golf ball while hitting your shot. Once you set up properly, start slowly and build up to a full shot.  Most golfers will start out hitting chip or pitch shots to train the impact zone (12 inches before the ball and 6 inches after the ball).

I will expand on the each of these key areas to hitting a quality iron shot as it pertains to using the IronSolid in practice in future articles.

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Hit Solid Iron Shots Like The Touring Pros!

Posted by ironsolid on July 10, 2012 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Practice with the IronSolid and hit irons shots like the Touring Professionals!

Hit solid iron shots every time when you practice with the IronSolid.

Then take to the course and hit more greens and go pin seeking for birdies! High-speed slow-motion video technology was used to research and study the impact zone of professional golfers when they hit an iron shot.

There is one measurable fundamental that every professional golfer has in common, regardless of their size, shape or swing plane. Professional golfers all attack the golf ball with a descending blow and contact the golf ball with the club face before the club comes into contact with the turf. This action produces crisp solidly struck iron shots, with tour quality power and distance control. Now every recreational golfer can train them selves to hit more greens and go pin seeking with quality iron shots just like the pro’s.

Using the IronSolid in your practice sessions provides the feedback that will train your muscle memory to hit down on the golf ball, contacting the ball first at the tour measured angle of attack. The correct angle of attack will eliminate ‘fat and thin’ iron shots and will produce added distance and shot control to your iron game. You use the IronSolid with your own golf clubs, so you can take your skills straight to the course. The IronSolid is unbreakable, will not damage your clubs, will fit in your golf bag pocket, and can be used for practicing all types of iron shots from the fairway and rough. It can also be used from the sand and is great for chip and pitch shots. In a few short practice sessions with the IronSolid, you too will be hitting professional quality golf shots consistently.

So train yourself to: Hit it Solid! Just like the touring professionals and go pin seeking for birdies the next round of golf. IronSolid Training Device: works for both right and left handed golfers

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Golfer Success Story, using the IronSolid

Posted by ironsolid on July 6, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Al,

Just wanted to give an update. I’ve had the IronSolid device for three days now, and I have seen marked improvement in my ability to make ball first contact while still having good hand position at impact. Before using the IronSolid, I learned how to time my hand flip in my swing to still hit the ball first. I’m playing to a home course 9 handicap right now, but consistent full swing irons are my big weak point.

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The two main problems I was having are proper pivot and arm/hand coordination. Those lead to all kinds of swing faults, as you are aware.

Anyway, using the IronSolid has been a huge help in getting the club up-back-and in during my back swing, which has translated over to better inside out swing plane for me and crisper ball striking. Also the feedback I get after I hit a shot by making sure I have either a straight divot or one slightly going to the right ensures I’m not coming over the top and or continuing to flip the club head at impact.

This is a great teaching aid for me, as it allows me to make the proper swing adjustments. I played 9 holes of a practice round yesterday. Each practice swing was taken over the IronSolid device. I would then step into the ball and hit the shot. I only miss hit 2 or 3 times for all 9 holes. Once I get my pivot issues solved, and my club head speed picks up a little, I’m sure I’ll be getting my scores down into the mid to low 70’s at my course on a regular basis. I broke 80 twice last season and look forward to doing so many more times this year thanks to your IronSolid device.

Thanks again. Paul Toms – 9 handicap (and getting lower), McDonough, Georgia USA

A golfers review of the IronSolid

Posted by ironsolid on March 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

My iron shots needed some more ‘juice’. Here's what the IronSolid did for me. I've always hit my irons short and high, often with a dispiriting, floating trajectory. Now I know why.

The main problem was that my swing bottomed out too early. Instead of striking the ground after the ball, I was hitting the ground behind the ball too often. To get my shot airborne, I felt like I had to scoop at the ball with my wrists—which meant the club head got in front of my hands, totally robbing the shot of any crispness and power. I was in search for an answer.

Enter the IronSolid, a simple conical practice device you lay on the ground, you place the ball about 4-inches in front of the device and the goal is to not hit the IronSolid when hitting the golf ball. That sounded simple enough. Before I used the device I contacted the inventor Al Rymniak and we had a short discussion about the device itself and the best way to use the device in practice.

According to Rymniak, the angles, length and height of the device were designed by watching high-speed slow-motion video of touring professionals hitting iron shots. The angle of attack is precisely measured and the device provides a feedback mechanism so that you attack the golf ball at the ‘tour angle’ and hit the ball before hitting the ground. The device has a U.S. Design Patent for the research and design work Rymniak put into the product. The device is unbreakable and will not mar or damage your club if you contact it. The other advantage is you use your own clubs when practicing. Before I took to the practice range I asked for any suggestions or swing advice. His only swing thought suggestion for me was, “avoid the device and attack the golf ball”, he said your body will intuitively do the right things to make this happen as you get used to practicing with it in place.

Using the IronSolid felt odd at first. I hit a few warm up practice shots with a 7-iron, I had the strange sensation like I was chopping down on the ball more than swinging through it. I hit the device a few times on the backswing and a few times on the downswing, but the beauty is I received instant feedback and was able to correct my swing immediately. In order not to hit the device on the takeaway or when attacking the ball, I had to keep more of my weight on my left side, with my left shoulder almost level with my right, and my hands slightly ahead of the ball. When I began my swing my left shoulder moved down, not laterally, it felt like I was picking the club up instead of pulling it back in my old low and slow takeaway. On the downswing I kept more of my weight on the left side and kept my head as still as possible and just concentrated on hitting down and through the golf ball, the device was giving me an attack angle to model.

The visual of having the device behind the ball had me concentrating on hitting the ball first. Rymniak told me, just concentrate on avoiding the IronSolid when attacking the ball, he emphasized “attacking.” I hit about 20 shots with my 7-iron and I started to notice the difference, my contact felt much more solid, my divots were on the target side of the golf ball and the ball seemed to jump off the clubface. There was a noticeable difference in the “compression”, a term Rymniak used, when I struck the golf ball, compared to my previous swing, which I felt like I was lifting or picking the golf ball off the turf.

Now the real test, I removed the IronSolid, dropped a ball at my feet and tried my swing for real, I was sold. When my 7-iron struck the ball it came off the clubface with a crack and flew with an altogether unfamiliar trajectory: the ball started a little lower and climbed higher and was about 10 yards longer in distance. I took a shallow divot on the target side of the golf ball and the ball flew straight and true to the intended target. I was now hitting the golf ball consistently right before my swing bottomed out.

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In further conversations with Rymniak, he encouraged me to try taking a shorter backswing while keeping more weight on my left side, and to keep my arms and torso connected. He also suggested as I swung through the ball to stretch out my arms to get the feeling of full extension. He again emphasized, “just attack the golf ball.” Finally, he suggested I lift my belt buckle and arch my spine after impact, to keep the club swinging on the right angle of “attack” after impact. He said conceptually what the IronSolid promotes is some of the movements of the Stack and Tilt golf swing popularized by Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett.  He said it wasn't anything really new, just a different way to look at what happens in a golf swing.

It worked. Not only was I hitting the ball harder, I wasn't hitting the ground before I hit the ball. I was hitting it on the center of the club face more consistently. So that's what it's supposed to feel like.

Here is my experience with the IronSolid. In a very short time practicing with the IronSolid I was hitting the golf ball with more power. The device is so simplistic but it promotes the only measureable fundamental in golf, solid contact with the ball before you hit the ground. And the results are immediate. My swing didn’t really change but the ‘feel’ of my swing did, it was now more powerful and consistent, it felt more solid. Using the IronSolid in short practice sessions keeps my swing ‘grooved’ and because I am using my own clubs I can carry the grooved skill over to the course. I also started using the IronSolid for my chip and pitch shots. And you can use it out of the sand and the rough. For the price, the IronSolid is a must have for every golfer that wants to improve the consistency and quality of their golf shots. - Chip Orinsby

Top 5 Reasons why you don't need the IronSolid training device

Posted by ironsolid on March 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

You are not willing to invest 15 minutes occasionally to practice your golf game to get dramatic improvement in your iron play.  

You know you should hit the practice range more often, but you are too busy, and the thought of beating balls down the range is not your idea of having fun. Been there done that, I have actually practiced for an hour and came off the practice range hitting the ball worse than I was before I started practicing. Very frustrating. That is most likely caused by not having a well thought out game improvement plan.

You would rather spend $900-$1000 dollars on the latest game improvement irons and just play the game once a week.  

New golf clubs are like Christmas morning again as a child. Nothing feels as good as a brand new set of clubs, it is motivating and the money spent on the new clubs is the justification you need to hit the practice range, after all you have to get used to the new set of sticks before you actually play a round with them. But like a new toy, the novelty wears off and you go back to just playing your rounds of golf and wonder why you see very little game improvement with the new irons.

Your greens in regulation percentage is 50% or better already.  

In an average round of golf if you hit 9 out of 18 greens in regulation then you are in a very elite class of golfers. The IronSolid could be a useful device for you to practice hitting iron shots with your desired shape pattern, i.e. right to left-high draw. But I would save the money and put it in your hole-in-one fund for buying drinks in the bar.

You already hit your wedges within 10 feet of every pin from 100 yards in more than 60% of the time.  

You are dialed in with your wedges from 100 yards in. You can hit the ball within the magic 10 foot circle surrounding the pin 60% of the time or greater. The scoring game happens within this area, the secret to low scores is hitting your wedges close to the pin. Improve this part of your golf game and you will lower your scores dramatically. 75% of all practice with the IronSolid is with your wedges.

You are a single digit handicap and are beating everyone you play against.  

Keep doing what you are doing, if it isn’t broke do not fix it. No need to invest in the IronSolid.

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