4 Main Causes of Thin Shots Golf

4 Main Causes of Thin Shots Golf

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For those of you who are fighting hitting the ball at the bottom of the club, what we would call a thin shot, rather than catching it in the sweet spot of the club, it is really important for you to know what causes that. There are several reasons for this.

Identify What is Causing Your Thin Shot

  1. One of the things that could happen is that as you are making your swing you are either standing taller or pulling away from the ball which raises the arc of the swing, causing you to catch the ball on the bottom of the club.
  2. Another thing that might happen is that as you are making your swing, the radius of the swing, your arm and the club, might break down, resulting in a bend in the back of your left wrist or your left arm at the elbow might start to chicken wing, causing the club to raise up and hit the ball with the bottom of the club.
  3. You might also have too much lateral movement, moving too far off the ball on your backswing, so that when you get back to impact you are too far behind the ball and hit the ball on the upswing.
  4. You might also sway to far forward, getting your body too far in front of the ball, that you can’t quite reach it all the way and you will catch the ball on the bottom of the swing that way. 

Curing Your Thin Shots


What we have done is design several drills and exercises to combat these problems, so that you can make solid contact, rather than hit the ball thin.

Category: Fat & Thin Shots
Sub-Category: Swing Plane, Arms, Posture, Wrist, Impact
About the Instructor
Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook Golf Academy
Spicewood, TX 78669
Tel: 512-329-4000

Chuck Cook is instructor to such PGA Tour greats as Payne Stewart, Tom Kite, and Corey Pavin. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #9 instructor in the world.


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