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    Challenge Tour Pro Hallsy's Avatar
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    Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    For some time now i have struggled to hit my 5 iron consistently.
    My 6 iron i can strike well with a nice highish ball flight but for some reason my 5 hardly launches and considering its only 3degrees of difference i cannot get a good strike.
    Ive tried different ball positions etc but it still launches too low.
    Looks like a 5 hybrid for the bag
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    Re: Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    Because 5 irons come from the pits of hell.
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    Re: Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    Yep, I can hit a 1 iron better than my 5 iron - what makes you so special, you think you can hit a 5 iron?

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    Re: Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    Maybe trying to hit it too hard, advise a slow backswing with a nice and wide takeaway, then a slow transition so you dont cast it. It wont be slow but by thinking slow it down it might help you find some timing. If you can hit a good 6 a 5 shouldn't be much harder, it's become a head thing now, a mental block I think. Break it down and start slowly then build up as the shot results improve.

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    Re: Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    It sounds as if you're getting your upper body too far ahead of the ball at impact causing the club to lose loft
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    Re: Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    Quote Originally Posted by maxfli65 View Post
    Maybe trying to hit it too hard, advise a slow backswing with a nice and wide takeaway, then a slow transition so you dont cast it. It wont be slow but by thinking slow it down it might help you find some timing. If you can hit a good 6 a 5 shouldn't be much harder, it's become a head thing now, a mental block I think. Break it down and start slowly then build up as the shot results improve.
    I have a slowish takeaway but although it feels a good strike there is no height. Something for me to work on though so thank you


    Quote Originally Posted by Liverbirdie View Post
    Yep, I can hit a 1 iron better than my 5 iron - what makes you so special, you think you can hit a 5 iron?
    Everyone says im special

    Quote Originally Posted by bobmac View Post
    It sounds as if you're getting your upper body too far ahead of the ball at impact causing the club to lose loft
    I do find having the ball further forward than normal slightly better results but the bad shot is then a thin. Il try to hang back a bit. Thank you
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    Re: Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    Quote Originally Posted by bobmac View Post
    It sounds as if you're getting your upper body too far ahead of the ball at impact causing the club to lose loft
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    Re: Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    Binned 5 iron last year.

    5 hybrid kills it for consistency of strike.

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    Re: Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    Quote Originally Posted by Imurg View Post
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    No wonder you cant hit a driver to save yourself
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    Re: Why oh why am i struggling with my 5 iron

    Quote Originally Posted by bobmac View Post
    It sounds as if you're getting your upper body too far ahead of the ball at impact causing the club to lose loft
    Quote Originally Posted by Hallsy
    I do find having the ball further forward than normal slightly better results but the bad shot is then a thin. Il try to hang back a bit. Thank you
    I have similar 5 iron problems, but I also had a slight improvement from having the ball slightly forward in stance. As well as that, I started gripping the club an inch further down and got another slight improvement.
    • TaylorMade R11-S (set to 12°)
    • Adams Speedline Fast 12 5 wood, 17°
    • Adams Blue 4 hybrid, 22°
    • Callaway Steelhead XR irons 5-PW
    • Cleveland RTX-3, 50°
    • Cleveland RTX Rotex 2.0, 56°
    • Odyssey Works 1W putter
    • WilsonStaff DX2
    H'cap J/F M/A M/J J/A S/O N/D end yr review
    2017: 24 24.2 24.4 22.8 22.9 22.9 21.9
    2018: 22.0

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