How to Swing Titleist Irons

By M.L. Rose
PGA Tour player Adam Scott displays his loyalty to Titleist during the 2007 Shell Houston Open.
PGA Tour player Adam Scott displays his loyalty to Titleist during the 2007 Shell Houston Open.

Titleist, based in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, is one of the world’s largest golf equipment manufacturers. Among the company’s products is a full line of golf clubs, including 2- through 9-irons, and both blades and cavity-backed clubs. Professionals such as 2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and 2011 FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas have used Titleist clubs on the PGA Tour. You don’t need to employ any special technique when using Titleist irons.

Hit down on the ball. Golf teacher Mike Malaska says you must hit down “and compress the ball between the ground and the face of the club” to produce the necessary backspin to make the ball fly through the air. When you take a divot, Malaska adds, the entire divot should be on the target side of the ball’s original position. To ensure you swing down on the ball, teaching pro Jim McLean says, “hinge the club upward” during your takeaway, with the end of the grip pointing at the ball midway through your backswing.

Shift your weight toward the target during your swing. Casual golfers often leave too much weight on their right side in an effort to provide lift to the ball, according to LPGA great Annika Sorenstam. To strike down at the ball with an iron, the player’s weight “has to be moving toward the target,” Sorenstam says.

Let your hands lead the club head into the ball. Malaska warns golfers not to try to lift the ball by rushing the club head to the ball ahead of your hands. At impact, he says the back of your left hand “should face the target” while your right wrist “should bend slightly away from the target” (for right-handed golfers). Swing coach Butch Harmon says you should feel “as if you're backhanding the ball at impact” with your top hand when hitting with an iron.

Play a draw when using an iron on a hard, flat lie. PGA Tour pro Nick Price says to bring the club farther inside than normal on the takeaway, then employ an inside-out swing. Aim to the target’s right, use a three-quarter backswing and, as usual, strike down on the ball.

Forget which number is on your iron. Jack Nicklaus says to use the same basic swing with all of your irons, without worrying about how much loft each club has. By keeping your swing consistent, “you won’t swing too hard or try to help the ball into the air,” Nicklaus says.

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