The more shots you have in your armoury, the better equipped you will be to meet the many challenges thrown up during a round of golf, especially around the green.
Most amateurs are familiar with the classic chip and run, and many will use a particular club for the job.
Frequently this tends to be a seven or eight iron.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, however it is well worth investigating what all the other irons do when played in the same way.
How high the ball flies and how far it then runs can be easily adjusted without varying the swing simply by choosing a different club.
The easiest way to think about it is that you are putting.
Adopt as close to your normal putting stance as possible making allowances where required by going down the grip, especially with the longer irons like the 3, 4 and 5.
Don’t be concerned if the heel of the club is in the air as this positions the shaft more vertical, just as it is on a putter.
From here simply make your putting stroke allowing the loft on the club to lift the ball.
Through practice you will soon begin to learn what this is for each club, and how far the ball runs when it lands.
If you have nine irons in your bag, you will immediately have nine different shots to play with.
When you then get confident and vary the swing as well, the possibilities become almost endless!