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So I'm 29 years old and been hitting my irons pretty well. All of a sudden after a normal round I've had, I went out the next day and noticed a huge drop in my iron distance. For example, 7-iron usually is good for 170-175 yards. I had about 172 yards left after my drive on hole #1. I take out the 7 iron and hit it flush, and am about 15 yards short of the green. Next thing I know, this is with all of my irons. Lost about 15-20 yards on all irons. This has been going on for the last 5 months or so. Just wondering if anyone else has experience anything similar? My driver I didn't notice a drop in distance though. I've been taking a few lessons, and my instructor didn't notice anything totally out of whack. Made a few minor changes and still experiencing the same issues.

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If you are working on a bit of a swing change that could be a reason...it takes a while for your body to adjust and generate the same speed as it used to. I have the same issue and after a month or so maybe a little less I'm back to normal again.

Also, make sure you are making a normal good shoulder turn and not sliding on the backswing or downswing. For me anyway, it can be easy to fake a turn and kind of slide a bit when I get a little lazy and the ball goes nowhere even if you hit it well.

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Trajectory change? Higher flight could mean you are exposing more loft and generating more spin (both hurt distance) by swinging slightly differently.

 

If everything looks normal (divots, trajectory, height, spin) then you simply lost speed. Did you stop working out? Sitting down a lot at work? Stop doing core exercises? Stop stretching? Could be anything like that...

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As someone that has been going through swing changes for a couple of years now, I can sympathize with your loss of distance. I have been working to simplify my swing, and lessen the impact on my bad back, and unfortunately developed a path that cuts across the ball - essentially opening the face - and have lost tremendous distance in my irons. Once I figured it out with my pro and he gave me some drills to work on the distance is starting to come back, but it's a long, very frustrating road to a better swing. I'm still in the VERY frustrated stage but realize I need to keep improving my swing and the distance will come back sometime. Talk to a pro and have them look at your swing and most likely he'll find some flaw that has developed over time.

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I had an issue with a face way too open at address. Remained open at impact. High, short, right miss. I had to adjust my grip a bit stronger with my left hand to close the face at address more. To me it looks closed, but it's really square. Astigmatism issue. It causes problems with putting alignment also for me.

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Besides the open face issue people mentioned earlier, perhaps it's a matter of you swinging too hard and thereby opening the face a bit and increasing spin. When I swing my irons too hard my AOA goes from -4 to maybe -1 or -2 and i create a tremendously high ball flight and significant spin. The old adage about when it's breezy swing it easy has actually been my swing thought lately with my irons. I just need to swing it easy all the time to hit more low, piercing and honestly further iron shots. Try scaling back the swing. You can get away with swinging super hard with a driver though!

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