When the idea entered my head to investigate the movements of Iron Byron in order to determine what makes this mechanical device such a great hitter of the golf ball, well I thought that perhaps I had gone off the deep end, at last.
But, I went ahead anyway. I viewed a video of Iron Byron in action. I studied every move it made. I mean really studied the motions, the angles, the timing, speeds, release points, and on and on.
Over and over and over. I made copious notes about what I saw. And..
I have come to some conclusions that I wanted to share with those that are interested.
And then, see if I could incorporate these conclusions into a person’s swing that would be of benefit and, of course, some things that you could actually do.
I did not want to re-invent the wheel here. I just was looking for consistent movements that could be missing from the weekend player that would be easy to adopt into the swing. Or, at least have a new found awareness of some of the things we should be working on to become better players.
Since Iron never misses a shot, never hits it any where on the club, except the sweet spot, well I figure there most be some things it is doing that we can do to.
All righty than.. here we go.
There are four things that Iron Byron does that I think are within all of our capacities to do also.
First, Iron’s set-up to each ball with each club varies to suit the position of the ball and length of the club.
This is no surprise, I know, because you do this also. But the one thing that is absolutely necessary that Iron does perfectly is that the angle, and this would be your spine angle, stays exactly the same through out the swing once it is set up to fit the shot.
This was not a revelation for me. But I will be the first to admit that on the range during golf instruction, there is way too little spoken about maintaining your spine angle. This is one of the main reasons why Iron Byron can get the sweet spot onto the ball every single time.
It’s spine angle. Once you are set up with your knees bent, ready for the shot, this is one angle that must stay the same from beginning to end.
You see, there is no way Byron can vary this all important angle. It is set mechanically and unless it is re-set, it stays the same. Easy for Iron Byron to do, not so easy for mere mortals.
But easy or not, it’s just one of those things that must be done and there is no way around it. So pay attention to this angle as you practice.
Set it and keep it.
Another move that Iron Byron does, is not so much a move as it is a position.
What would serves as his left arm, is a lever, a mechanical lever with no joints. This leads me to believe that any significant bending of your left arm during the swing is a very poor move. Some people actually collapse the left arm at the top of their swing.
I would presume this is in response to the need for a big backswing.
You may have heard this about the left arm..”keep it straight, but not stiff”
Byron’s is ram rod straight and very stiff. It’s made of metal.
Tiger Wood’s left arm is ram rod straight as well. It’s not made of metal, or is it?
Both Iron Byron and Tiger’s left arm look to be in exactly the same position through out their swings.
My conclusion here is pretty much one of confirmation. That is that the left arm should be as straight as you can keep it during the entire swing, and you would do well to never let it collapse. So on the practice tee, try swinging with the left arm ram rod straight, like Tiger and Byron.
How could you be wrong by copying them?
Iron Byron has great pace. Why not, there isn’t a thought in his head. We cannot hope to duplicate that. Your pace is whatever you are comfortable with and can stay in balance with. The end.
Iron Byron’s swing is very much a circle. It is not up and down in the strictest sense. It is more around and it is on a one plane line. The swing path is from the inside of the target line. That is because of the circular motion of the swing. There is no re-routing of the club for Iron Byron.
It’s on plane and on the correct path from the very beginning.
Lastly, if you are familiar with any of the stuff I write, you know that I am really big on angles.
I was not surprised to see that our friend, Iron Byron, had great angles. And the thing is, these angles were maintained for a very long time during the downswing, before any actual release occurred.
There wasn’t even a hint of an early release. The hands ( or what would have been hands) were well ahead of the clubhead as they ( the hands ) approached the impact position.
These angles are the angles between the left arm and the shaft of the club and the hinging of the right wrist. This hinging is back toward the forearm. The ” trayed ” position.
Iron Byron creates tremendous power potential as it develops the angles early in the swing and actually increases them during the downswing. A condition that is incredible powerful and is called “lag”
Iron Byron has tons of lag.
In short, make sure you have great angles and keep them for a long as you can on the downswing.
If you do this, you will hit it as if by magic.
1. keep your spine angle in tact throughout your swing
2. Your pace is whatever you do that keeps you balanced
3. the swing plane is more around than it is up and down
4. the left arm HAS to stay straight as you can make it, no collapsing
5. Create and maintain great angles, these are your power source
Yeah I know there are five things here, but only four are things you can do much about. You don’t get to pick which four either. All but number 2 are things that Iron Byron does perfectly, that you can too.
Well, I really don’t mean perfectly.
You will not be able to what Iron Byron can do, after all, it took several hundred thousand dollars to get it to do it.
But you can make every effort to do these four things.
Give it a try. Like I said there is not a better model to copy….anywhere on earth!!