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Question on Diagnosing Problems:

My iron shots are fat.
--Roy E. from Van Wert, OH

Hi Roy. Thanks for writing I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

There are many things that can cause a player's club to bottom out behind the ball. The most common causes are:

1) Releasing the club early
2) Falling back or hanging back with your weight
3) Swinging too far inside/out through impact

Releasing the club early basically means you take the angles that you establish with your rear elbow and your rear wrist at the top of the backswing and you straighten them out before you get to the ball. This causes the club to release all of it's energy and bottom out too soon in the swing arc (before the ball). The reason this happens is that golfers try to push the golf club with their arms or help it to the ball as opposed to pulling it with their pivot and letting it lag behind. This article here will help describe the perfect impact alignments.

Impact: Getting To Perfect Impact:

A poor weight transfer is often the main cause of hitting fat. It's awfully hard to hit behind a golf ball if you are aggressively shifting your weight to your front foot before and through impact. Make sure that you don't get stuck on your back foot or find yourself falling back through the swing. You should feel like you are moving to your front foot at the start of the downswing from the ground up. With your irons, at impact, feel as if you are more on top of the ball striking down.

Swinging too far inside/out through impact can also cause you to "drop kick" the ball or hit behind it. To correct this make sure that you keep your club in front of your toe line throughout the swing. If you keep it in front of your body where it starts at address, you have less of a chance of getting it stuck behind you and forcing compensations to recover and get back to the ball.

I hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.


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