A fat golf shot is caused by a swing fault or a fragile mental attitude. Use this swing drill to find why you hit fat shots and learn to strike irons shots correctly.
There is hardly a golfer on the planet that has not experienced hitting a fat shot to the green. Sometimes the ball just comes up short, but when hitting over water it’s a destructive shot with no equal.
Within moments the golfer usually has to play the shot again and suddenly the mind starts to wonder if the hole will ever be completed. Even top pros are prone to a fat iron especially when using a wedge.
Curing the problem needs some research to find out if the cause is it a swing fault or a mental problem born from hitting a fat shot at the wrong time in the past. Carry out the following test to see what you should work on to cure the dreaded fat shot.
To stop hitting behind the ball a golfer must transfer weight onto the left foot by the time impact occurs. This weight shift moves the arc of the swing forward sufficiently to guarantee hitting down onto the ball.
The first thing a golfer should do when investigating why they hit shots fat is to find out if enough weight ends up on the left foot in the finish position.
Hit a series of shots and after each one see if it is possible to pick the right foot off the ground as you watch the ball fly to the target.
If you can lift the right foot off the ground, without falling over, it means enough weight has been transferred for you to be able to hit down onto the ball and that the problem is caused by the mental side and fear.
Even with a good weight shift a poor mental attitude, where fear inhibits the natural release of the club, can result in a fat shot. As the club comes into impact a golfer with a fragile mental approach will panic, resulting in the hands releasing the club early.
This is extremely dangerous as an early release of the hands will result in either a fat shot or a thinned shot over the green.
If a golfer is finishing up with enough weight on the left foot but still hitting the ball fat they must firm up their hand action through impact to stop flicking at the ball.
In hockey a player is not allowed to swing the hockey stick past shoulder height on the follow through. If a golfer is transferring the weight correctly onto the left leg but still hitting the ball fat, firm up the hand action by making sure the club does not finish up past shoulder height.
Some golfers might describe this action as a punch shot but whatever it’s name, it will help a golfer hit down onto the ball with authority and cure the fat shot.
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