3 swing adjustments to help stop chunking and blading iron shots
Over the past couple of rounds I’ve played, there seems to be one consistent part of my game causing the most frustration: chunking and blading iron shots.
Now, because I live in Seattle and the courses are still soggy this time of year, I tend to blame the bad shots on the conditions. But even when I’m at the driving range hitting off the mat, I still find myself chunking or blading shots.
Since so many golfers often struggle with this same issue, I figured it’s best to address the problem head-on. That’s why I turned to GOLF Top 100 Teacher Cameron McCormick, who recently posted an Instagram video on the topic.
How to stop chunking and blading iron shots
In the video above, McCormick breaks down common issues he sees in golfers who chunk and blade their iron shots. To help alleviate the problem, he suggests making the following swing adjustments.
1. Keep the handle inside the clubhead
As the image of McCormick shows, keeping your hands inside the clubhead allows for a more compact and controlled backswing. It also gives you a better chance at keeping your swing on-plane, which will increase the odds for better contact.
2. Move your upper body more to the left during your swing
By leaning left in your backswing, you’ll create a more circular swing motion. This will prevent the club from getting too steep and digging into the turf as you hit your ball. By incorporating a shallower path, the clubface will glide across the ground, which will allow for a cleaner shot and increased power.
3. Extend your arms towards the target while following through
To generate the most power in your swing, every golfer should strive for arm extension. Not only will this help with distance, but it allows for a more accurate shot as well. So be sure to keep your arms straight through the ball strike, aiming them toward your target. It should feel as if you’re guiding the ball to where you want it to land.