IRON vs DRIVER Setup Basics

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IRON vs DRIVER Setup Basics

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Clay Ballard

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20 thoughts on “IRON vs DRIVER Setup Basics

  1. thanks for this video. i have had issues with my setup and having problems understanding how to setup. i can groove my irons, but i was using the same setup for the driver and it has been bad. now i understand why.

  2. Clay, I have tried this very thing, and the issue I run into is, past the impact point of the irons, my club head begins to turn closed, seemingly as it should in a natural follow through. My impact on the ball, with the driver, is usually on the toe and it hooks. My iron strikes are pretty solid. How do you adjust, or compensate, for the ball placement in your stance relative to square club face? I need to gain confidence in my driver.

    Second question is, how do you adjust your stance when hitting shots off a tee with an iron, or even a fairway wood (thinking a layup shot or a par 3)?

    Thank you for your content. It has come at a perfect time for me getting back into the sport and needing to shed some of my previous bad habits.

    1. Hi Chris, you’re contacting the ball at a different point in the swing so the face angle and path of the club may need to be adjusted. The ball is further back in your stance with the iron so your face might be more open and the path more in to out where as it’s the opposite with the driver. You just need to adjust your feel to get the desired result. If you’re leaving the face closed with the driver then try to hold the face open. Feel like the palm of your trail hand is pointing to the sky through contact. You don’t adjust your stance when teeing the ball up with an iron. All you’re trying to do when you tee the ball up is give yourself a perfect lie. You can do the same thing with a 3 wood but if you’re going for max distance then I would play it similar to a driver and hit up on it a little bit. Glad you’re enjoying the videos. Play well! Quentin | TSG Instructor

    1. Generally that would suggest you’re coming too steep if you’re making a deep divot. You want just a thin layer of the ground to come off, not too deep. So yes you’d need to come in more shallow to get the thinner divot after the ball. I’m no expert so take that info for what you will.

  3. Great video! I still have a major issue with my irons. I release the club to early and my hips are square at impact. Time to scour some of your iron videos.

    1. Check out our latest irons compilation on our channel. Lots of great drills in there. Play well! Quentin | TSG Instructor

  4. Thanks Clay! I am a member of top speed golf and have completed your distance and ball striking master class. I still struggle with casting the club and being square at impact rather than opening up and getting forward shaft lean.What do you think of the total golf trainer?

    1. Hi, I would recommend working through the Top Speed Lag course. Work through level 1, 2, and 3 so that it’s fully ingrained. I haven’t ever heard of or used the total golf trainer but I looked into it and I can see how it could be useful to get some feedback while training positions. Play well! Quentin | TSG Instructor

  5. Oh great. Yet another video where you do everything wrong on purpose and still out drive me by 70 yards. Sighhhhh………..Thanks for todays video.

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