Master 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons to improve your short game


The golf clubs that you use for your game are very important. They are all numbered for specific purposes where you will need a different club for a different stroke of play. In most cases, golf clubs are referred to as ‘irons’ where the lowest one is the 1 iron or sometimes known as the driving iron and goes up to 9 which is one of the short irons.
Here, we examine the 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons respectively and what they are used for.

Purpose of Short Irons

6 and 7 irons The 6 iron, together with 5 and 7 are regarded as the ‘mid irons’ They are very important clubs that are used to hit the ball far although they might not be as effective for teeing off. 6 and 7 irons are very popular to be used after teeing off and when the ball hits the fairway or the rough. From there, if you are intending to try for a longer shot, then they will be ideal. From 5 iron onwards, golfers can get between 130 and 210 yards.

Apart from that, the 6 and 7 irons are used for fairways that have hilly contours. If you are playing a par-4 course, then the second shot would require you to use the 6 or the 7 iron depending on how far you want your preceding shot to be. As the length of the 6 and 7 irons are shorter than the ‘long irons’ or those in the 1 to 4s, what you get is a club that is easier to hit.

Short irons The 8 and 9 irons meanwhile are those that come with larger clubheads and the shortest shafts. This is the main reason why they are known as ‘short irons’ If you are going to take a short shot that requires a moderate to the high lift, then the 8 and 9s would be ideal. In fact, short irons are best for a swing that can go between 130 and 150 yards. A short iron is one that can get you out of trouble.

You use this to carry the ball over tall obstacles like a group of trees or over a small bunker. Short irons are easy to hit because they have large clubheads but they require a certain level of skill and technique because what you want out of this is accuracy especially if your ball is in a situation that is tricky and filled with obstacles.

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