Hitting greens in regulation is always a good feeling. The key to doing so is a good long game, of course. If you improve your contact by learning how to make the right kind of divot with a square clubface you’ll be on the right track. Ben Hogan coined the phrase that you got to dig your game out of the dirt. It was not only a comment about the importance of taking the proper divot but also about the importance of practice.
This blog post is all about how to dig it out of the dirt – improving your iron play by focusing on the divots you take, that is. Before we dive in I want to tell you a statistic that might startle you. If you want to shoot in the 90s you don’t have to hit any greens in regulation at all. You read that right. Statistically golfers who hit in the mid 90s don’t have to hit a single green in regulation to achieve their score. It all comes down to a decent short game and avoiding big misses. So keep that in mind when you work on improving your iron shots. If you are struggling with your long game your first goal should always be to avoid those big misses (out of bounds, shanked shots, water hazards etc.).