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Question on Irons:

Sometimes I dig my clubs into the ground too much and hit shots fat. Sometimes it the opposite where I hit them thin. Is the loft of the club a cause?
--Ted B. from Cape Coral, FL

Hi Ted,

Thanks for the question. I think you asked if the loft on the club could be causing you to hit fat and thin shots. The answer would be no. Whether you have a lot of loft on a club (a wedge) or very little loft (a 3 wood) that would not cause changes in your contact with the ball.

The lie angle of the club could certainly cause this though. If the lie angle is too upright for your swing, the heel of the club can dig and you will find your divots deep in the heel. This can also cause you to hook the ball. The opposite is true. If you have clubs that are too flat for you the toe of the club will enter the ground and your divots will be toe deep. Your shots would tend to then miss with a push.

Fat and thin shots are caused by the bottom point in your arc being inconsistent. If you bottom out too soon you will hit behind the ball or catch the ball on too much of an upswing and hit it thin. If you bottom out way too late you can actually smother top the ball.

My suggestions are to check your weight shift and your release. Make sure your weight is properly shifting to your front foot before impact. This should help you bottom out right at the ball. Check also to make sure you aren't uncocking your wrists too soon on the downswing. You need to let them release at the golf ball and after to make sure your club will be descending on the ball at the bottom of the arc.

I hope that helps! Be sure to check out the Diagnosing Problems section on the site to learn more drills that may help.

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