How to Fix Thin Golf Shots

How to Fix Thin Golf Shots

Why Did I Hit a Thin Golf Shot

There are numerous causes for the thin shot, but generally it will be somebody who pulls up through impact or releases the club too early in the downswing. When you release the club too early you will always be coming up on the ball when you come to impact and a lot of people do that and we do a lot of small swings to train them to keep the club back, maybe split the hands and come down this way to avoid throwing the club early where you just can not make solid contact. You will always catch the ball thin and will not take any divots.

Stay in Your Golfer's Framework

Let's talk a little more in detail about the person who comes up through impact. When you swing a golf club you form a golfer's framework and you want to stay in that framework as you hit the golf ball. The truth is that lots of great players, including Tiger Woods, actually drop a little coming into the golf ball. You do not see good players pulling back away from the golf ball, that is more of a high handicap move. So you have to stay in your posture, keep your stomach in, tailbone out and knees flexed the same amount as you come in. You can not be straightening the knees or pulling your chest up as you come in to impact. The opposite move would be to keep the chest down to make sure that I push off better with my right knee and get over to the golf ball to strike down on the golf ball and to get over to my left side. That will tend to leave the club back a little more and I can make solid contact. It is a much more athletic move.

Hit the Golf Ball Solid and Clean

So if you are hitting it thin, remember, it could be the early release, likely pulling up going through impact. So stay down through the golf shot and move over to your left side. You will catch that ball nice solid and clean, maybe take a divot after the golf ball. That is what we are looking for.

Category: Fat & Thin Shots
Sub-Category: Posture, Downswing, Impact, Hands
About the Instructor
Jim  McLean
Jim  McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL

Jim McLean runs the Jim McLean Golf Schools, considered by some the world's finest. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #3 instructor in the world.


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