Hitting fat golf shots? We take a look at the causes and offer some simple tips and drills to help you fix the problem!

Hitting fat golf shots? Here’s how to fix it!

Hitting fat golf shots is one of the most frustrating faults in the game. It doesn’t matter how forgiving your irons are, if you are striking the ground before the ball, some technical swing changes are needed. Here, we will look at where hitting fat golf shots comes from and offer some pointers for how to improve your ball striking.

Hitting the ground before the ball – where does it come from?

Think of the path of your club from the top of the backswing to the finish position and it will look like a circle. The bottom of the arc should come just after the ball (with your irons). If you are hitting fat golf shots, the lowest point of the arc will be before the ball causing the club to strike the ground first.

swing arc hitting fat iron shots

Your Divot Pattern

When hitting irons, your divots should start after the ball. For the best possible iron contact, you should aim to strike the ball and then the ground. This is a useful image to have in mind for any player who is struggling hitting fat golf shots. 

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Address Position

If you are hitting fat golf shots, the first place to start is with your address position. With your mid irons, the ball should be positioned slightly forward of middle in your stance so that your sternum is over the ball. Importantly, your hands should be a fraction ahead of the ball. This will encourage the downward angle of attack that lies at the heart of crisp ball-striking. As you move your hands ahead of the ball at address be careful to ensure that you are not also opening the clubface – simply check the logo on your glove is still pointing at the target.

Step-by-step guide to playing the punch

The other thing to look out for here is your weight distribution – you should have a little more weight on your lead foot. Again, this will encourage the angle of attack you are looking to create later in the swing. Above all, if you are hitting fat golf shots – make sure the ball isn’t too far forward in your stance. 

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Weight Transfer

One of the main faults behind hitting fat golf shots is the way your weight moves during the swing. The basic key here is that your weight should move towards your back foot in the backswing and then towards the target in the downswing. For some golfers, there is a desire to lean back through impact to help the ball into the air. This might seem like the logical thing to do but will cause you to strike the ground before the ball. As long as you have enough speed in your swing, the loft of the club (and the backspin you create) will do the job for you.

step drill

Here’s a great drill to try… As you take the club back let your lead foot step towards your back foot. Then as you start the downswing, step back into your original address position and swing through. This forces you to use your weight correctly. This is also a great drill to try if you have a problem cutting across the ball

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Angle Of Attack

If you want to stop hitting fat golf shots you need to learn how to compress the golf ball through impact. With your irons, you want to have the feeling that you are hitting down and through the ball – this will help you find the ideal angle of attack. The top players in the world tend to hit down with a 7-iron by about 4˚.

tee peg drill

However, instead of thinking too technically about the angle of attack, try putting a tee in the ground a couple of centimeters in front of your ball. Lock your focus in on the tee – try to strike that and forget about the ball. You should soon start to develop a more downward angle of attack that delivers better contacts.