Again, if you’re a trail hand / arm dominant swinger then it’s easier to feel a pushing down with the trail hand rather than a knuckles down / bowing with the lead hand / wrist to compress the golf ball with an iron.
Another feel that works is to feel that the top of the iron head beats the bottom of the club head to the ball. It’s what Martin Chuck’s training club Tour Striker does. It helps create some forward shaft lean. Never swung one myself.
(I see Martin Chuck is hooked up with some outfit selling the secret to solid iron shots. Lol)
Almost like a top handed shot in ping pong where you turn the top of the paddle down as you swing thru.
Most of us hackers try to get the sole of the iron under the ball. With little to no forward shaft lean. This leads to bottoming out before the ball and flipping or scooping.
Most of us never compress the ball into the ground. You’ll never do it unless push the club down into the ball with an iron.
There’s many feels that help prevent the iron from passing the hands at impact. One is to retain some extension in the trail wrist thru impact. Another is to look 3-4 inches ahead of the golf ball and aim there. Moving the pendulum forward in your downswing with weight shift.
I’m going to shoot the same scores no matter how I swing. But the feeling of compressing the ball is something most of us do not feel on a regular basis. When you compress the ball it takes off like a rocket.
You may hit it lower and further, but the feel is fantastic. Also, I notice my divots are even whereas before I tended to have toe down divots. So pushing down with the right hand may help alleviate handle raising at impact.
I’ve always hit my driver and fairway woods solid, but irons many times were not solid. Driver and fairway woods work better with an earlier release. But irons are a different animal.
Imo hitting irons off the ground is what makes golf so hard for many. If you could play golf off a driving range mat we’d all be great ball strikers. The ground is nowhere near as forgiving and will expose your random swing bottom and bottoming out early.
If tees were around when golf began we’d all be hitting the ball with a peg under our ball on just about every shot. That would make the game easier because we wouldn’t have to worry about ground interaction. Lol