Angled straight shots with irons

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Most of us have a decent handle on distance when shooting a straight B2 shot.  However, what happens to your distance when you try to shoot the same 180-degree shot at an angle?  More than likely, you’re going to lose distance.  Theoretically, you should get the same distance off these shots as straight B2 shots, but there are a couple factors that may be limiting your distance.

So let’s say you’re hitting a 7-iron into a 14 wind blowing right to left.  Turning right may not be an option because of other factors, so your best chance is to pull back to A and hit forward to 3.  Yet, you see your shot come up much shorter than expected.  What happened?

1) This angle is awkward on your wrist.  Everyone is more comfortable with a straight shot than an angled shot, so you might not get the smooth, pure shot you expect when having to hit at an angle.

2) Your accuracy is compromised significantly.  It’s easy to know if you’re straight back and forward, but when you start getting into more extreme angles, it’s hard to know if you’re making a straight line with your shot!  And as you know, the more your angle differs from a straight 180, the more distance you’re going to lose.

3) Cross winds naturally cut off distance anyway.  So, just the fact that you’re having to play this type of shot, where you are shooting into the wind, will cut distance.  You’re more likely to retain distance by letting the wind carry the ball in the direction you hit, but of course this isn’t always practical.

So, in summary, you might want to put a little extra power into these types of shots!  That should help you overcome factors which might otherwise unexpectedly take distance off your approach.

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