A 2 iron is used to hit shots long and low when a driver or a higher-numbered wood won't do the trick. Many players avoid 2 irons because they have a 3 or 4 wood that will cover roughly the same distance. While you won't pull a 2 iron out nearly as much as your woods or middle irons, there are situations (long holes and second-shot hazards) where this will be the club of choice for an experienced player. Here's how to use it.
Things You'll Need
- 2 iron
- Good swing
- Good judgment on club selection
Know your strength. Unless you're a better player, you'll rarely have use for a 2 iron. BBC Sport lists the 2 iron's range between 180 and 200 yards, making it a club primarily used for a second shot on extremely long holes (mostly par 5s). But if you're going to carry the club in your bag, make sure you practice with it on the driving range to gauge the distance and accuracy with which you can hit it. This should be a general rule of thumb for all the irons and woods in your bag, as selecting the right club at the right time will always shave shots off your round.
Set up properly. While the point of your 2 iron is to hit a long shot, you don't want to approach the ball like you would when hitting a driver. Address the ball in the middle of your stance. This will guarantee a solid strike while keeping the strike at the proper height--a low line drive of an approach shot toward the green.
Being a driving iron, you want to have a strong swing. Still, you don't want to hit it exactly the same as a wood. Hit a 2 iron with the same philosophy you would any iron by using a descending, even stroke that takes advantage of the iron's angle to carry the ball the proper distance. When you become comfortable with your 2 iron, there should be no need to over-swing to get the desired distance.
Keep it low to get out of trouble. Because of the steep angle of its face, a 2 iron will keep the ball relatively low while covering nearly as much distance as a 3 wood or 4 wood. This can come in handy when hitting long shots from wooded areas where tree branches and other hanging hazards could interfere with your shot.
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