Why do I hit iron shots fat?
These tips below will help you if poor ball striking is killing your iron game, and you want to eliminate heavy strikes with your irons.
A lot of golfers are unaware of where their swing arc bottoms out – i.e. where the clubhead is at its lowest point in the downswing.
The ideal place is about two inches past the ball, and your divot should start after you’ve made contact with the ball.
One of the main reasons that golfers hit fat shots is they become obsessed with trying to get the ball in the air.
Instead of keeping their upper body over the shot, trapping the ball at impact, they lean back through the contact and the club bottoms out too early.
To remedy this, I’ve set up an alignment stick adjacent to my left hip at address. The idea with this drill is to let my hip bump into the stick as I start the downswing.
This will prevent me from leaning back in the downswing, and will help me groove a motion that’s far less likely to produce fat strikes.
Hitting the ball fat is most often a consequence of having an angle of attack that is too steep. To prevent this, feel like you take the club back with your arms whilst rotating your shoulders around your spine.
This motion should feel more around your body, as opposed to a steep up and down movement. To practice this flatter swing motion, try to hit from a side hill lie where the ball is above your feet. This will encourage a flatter swing plane.
Shifting your weight forward correctly on the downswing is another way to stop hitting it heavy. As you draw the club back, your weight should shift to your back foot.
To eliminate a heavy strike, shift your weight back across to your front foot as you finish your downswing. Ensure that you do not drop your shoulder too low.