What Causes Fat Golf Shots?

By Chuck Cook

For those of you that are trying to get the ball off the top of the club when you make contact and down to the center of the club it is important for you to know what happens. If you do hit the ball on the top of the club this is show in a number of different ways. If the ball is on the ground you might hit the ball fat. If the ball is on a tee, like with a driver, you might end up hitting a pop up. What causes this type of contact is that your swing gets too steep into the ball because the position of the ball is too far forward.

Causes of Fat Shots

  1. You might end up having the ball so far forward that to reach it you might come over the top and swing underneath the ball and hit the ball off the top of the club.
  2. Another cause might be at address you might be measured to the ball to slack, so that as you swing, your arms might straighten out underneath the ball and cause you to hit the ground before you make contact with an iron or to swing underneath the ball with a wood.
  3. Finally you might have too much side-to-side motion in your swing and might end up being too far on your back foot during the swing, causing your swing to hit the ground before you get to the ball.
  4. You might also be too far forward and down on the downswing and drive the club into the ground behind the ball that way.

Conclusions

So what we have done is come up with a number of different exercises to try to get you to get your contact from the top of the club to the center of the club.

About the Instructor

Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook Golf Academy
Spicewood, TX 78669
Tel: 512-329-4000