Why do I hit every shot fat?

Answered by Michael Wilson

There can be several reasons why you may be hitting every shot fat. Let’s explore three common reasons and how you can easily fix them:

1. Poor Weight Transfer: One of the main reasons for hitting fat shots is not shifting your weight properly during the swing. If your weight stays on your back foot at impact, it can cause you to hit the ground before the ball. To fix this, focus on transferring your weight to your front foot as you swing through the ball. Practice drills that help you feel the weight shift, such as hitting shots with your feet close together or placing a towel under your back foot to encourage weight transfer.

2. Incorrect Ball Position: Another factor that can lead to fat shots is having the ball positioned too far back in your stance. When the ball is too far back, it becomes difficult to make contact with the ball first and can result in hitting the ground behind it. To fix this, ensure that the ball is positioned slightly ahead of the center of your stance for irons and hybrids. Experiment with different ball positions to find the one that works best for you.

3. Early Release of the Club: Hitting fat shots can also be caused by an early release of the club, where your hands and wrists break down before impact. This can cause the clubhead to bottom out too early, resulting in contact with the ground before the ball. To fix this, focus on maintaining a lag in your downswing and keeping your wrists firm through impact. Practice drills that promote a late release, such as hitting shots with a deliberate pause at the top of your swing or using training aids that encourage a proper release.

In addition to these three common reasons, it’s important to note that hitting fat shots can also be influenced by other factors such as swing path, clubhead speed, and grip pressure. It may be helpful to seek guidance from a golf instructor who can analyze your swing and provide personalized feedback. Remember, practice and patience are key to improving your ball-striking consistency.