How to Fix the 2 Main Causes of Fat Shots

By Ed Ibarguen

We are getting together here today to talk about some common faults and hopefully some fixes. Everybody has at one point or another has hit a shot and said oh lord how did I do that. If you start doing it repeatedly now you really need to be concerned. We are going to take a look at several of these and the first one is hitting behind the golf ball.

Common Mistake: Hitting Ball Heavy or Fat

You can call it hitting it heavy, you can call it hitting it fat, either way hitting down behind this ball, and you can see I have this string out, and turning this side over the top of the ball is no fun. It hurts your elbow, hurts your shoulder, hurts your wrists.

Why is it happening? What is it that causes that? There are a couple of things that I want you to be on the lookout for:

  • Look at it in your own swing, maybe you have a video camera that you can film it, and look for these. If you get up to the top of the swing and then you are way down and start to fall backward you are going to move the low point of the swing back behind the ball. Right away if we go here and are falling behind the ball you are going to have a tendency to hit behind that golf ball.
  • The second one, and usually the most prevalent, is the overuse of the hands. The concern of bringing this clubhead prematurely into the golf ball by either uncocking the left wrist or taking the right hand and overpowering the left hand and coming down.

Of course, that is going to hot on the opposite side of the string and create a problem. What I want you to realize is that here is the goal. If this ball was on the string and you are going to hit it, what you might want to do if you don't have a string, go into a bunker and draw this line in the sand in the bunker.

How to Fix Fat Shots

What I want you to do is I want you to try and have a divot that is placed in front of that string. You come in here and take that divot. Here is the divot, see how it is coming in right where the ball was and coming down to a low point that is a good four inches in front.

Tiger Woods takes one that may be a little bit longer, maybe five inches, but I am not Tiger Woods and in fact you are not Tiger Woods. I am going to ask you two inches in front to four inches in front I would love it. Your contact is going to be very, very solid and down into impact.

Always understand that if this ball is on the ground we want the club coming down, catching the ball first. That is what gets it on the sweet spot. The sweet spot is up on the third, fourth, fifth, sixth groove, not on one and two. So don't come in and hit it thin. Stroke down and have that shaft leaning forward at impact. When you hit behind it look at the angle of that shaft. It is not leaning to the left in the proper position, you have thrown it and hit behind it.

Try to solve the problem in your swing. Don't solve the problem by taking this ball and moving it way off your back foot because all you are going to do is force yourself to throw the clubhead early to get to the ball. Try not to fix a wrong with another wrong. Try to fix a wrong by getting it right. Good luck.

Category: Fat & Thin Shots
Sub Categories: Downswing, Hands, Impact, Wrist

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