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Monster Mash


Anyone can hit an 8-iron short and sweet, but what if you had to mash it farther than you’ve ever hit it before? The key is to imagine what it would be like to dramatically alter the loft on your club. Assuming you have a


When chipping with an 8-iron, be sure to read the turf before the green, like you would do if you were putting.


Great Scot


Poppy Hills offers the player unlimited opportunities for playing cool “links style” shots along the ground. When faced with a shot that would normally require a pitch, use your 8-iron instead to conjure up a shotmaking masterpiece that sends the ball scooting across the turf. Take a quick walk up to the putting


surface and “read” the turf in the same way you would read the green for a putt. Like a set of falling dominos, imagine how action and reaction must work to deliver your ball to the cup. If you can effectively manage loft, speed and contact point, you’ll enjoy watching a one-of-a-kind performance worthy of applause from our golf friends across the pond. As you progress back to your normal


game, open your imagination to the variety of possibilities associated with each shot that you play. You’ll find that tapping into your creativity more often will dramatically elevate your enjoyment for the game.


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Learning how to de-loft an 8-iron also teaches you how to strike an iron solidly.


standard 8-iron distance in mind, figure out what would have to occur to make it perform like a 6-iron. Shift the ball a little back in your stance, with your weight and shaft leaning toward the target. As you go in for the kill, lean the shaft even more towards the target and give it a little gusto! As you go back to playing your normal game, take note of how de-lofting the club is an integral com- ponent to great iron play.


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