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Driver Swing VS Iron Swing (Simple Differences)

In this video PGA Professional Jack Backhouse clears up exactly the differences between your driver swing vs your iron swing.

 

There is a lot of confusion in amateur golf around the differences or similarities a player makes in their swing when hitting a driver or an iron. In the video below, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse breaks down driver swing vs iron swing so you know what to do when you next go play.

It Is All About Impact

The big difference between hitting iron and hitting driver is how you are trying to present the golf club to the ball at impact.

With iron shots we are trying to hit the ball with a descending angle of attack, where the low point of our swing is well ahead of the golf ball. The deepest part of your divot should be 2-4 inches ahead of where the ball sits on the ground.

With a driver we are trying to hit the ball with an upwards angle of attack, this gives us a higher launch angle, lowers the backspin on the ball and creates those optimal launch conditions to help us hit the ball as far as possible.

With the driver, we are often looking for maximum power and distance whereas with the irons we are looking for accurate distance control.

angle of attack

Iron Swing

These are some easy adjustments you can make to your iron swing set up to produce more successful shots:

  • Address the ball your weight distribution more on your front foot. This helps move the low point of your swing forwards and will stop you hitting fat shots. This also is like moving your ball position further back.
  • Shoulder tilt. Because we trying to hit down we want to address the ball with more level shoulders. A low trail shoulder will encourage an upward strike.

Inswing thoughts:

  • Try to strike the ball with hands ahead of the golf ball. This delofts the club and produces an optimal ball flight.
  • Try move our hands more left through the strike zone. This encourages the clubhead to cover the ball more into contact.

Drill

A great drill to improve your iron strikes is to hit shots with a reverse grip or cack-handed. This forces you to release the club down more than normal and will give you a good feeling for what you need to do with your hands on actual shots.

iron swing drill

Driver Swing

Set up changes to produce a more upward angle of attack:

  • We are going to move the ball from the middle of your stance to just inside the lead foot, this helps launch the ball upwards and can be checked with an alignment stick on the ground.
  • We still want to keep our weight forwards at address, we just want to make sure our head is further back than with an iron
  • Lower the trail shoulder to create more of a tilt in the shoulders
  • Tee the golf ball up as high as possible

Inswing thoughts:

  • Keep your head back when swinging down into the ball
  • Try to encourage your hands to travel straight down the target line rather than to the left.

Drills:

  • Put a tee in the ground 1 inch ahead of the ball on the tee and hit some shots, trying not to hit the 2nd tee. If you manage this you are definitely making a golf swing with an upward angle of attack.
driver swing tee drill

Give these tips a try and let us know how you get on! If you want to keep up to date with Jack’s instruction you can subscribe to his YouTube Channel here, or keep watching our instruction page!

If you want to watch some more of Jack’s driving instruction videos, you can get to his YouTube Technique Tips playlist by clicking here. Please check out our other instruction articles if you liked this how to video on to driver vs iron!

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Jack Backhouse

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Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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