Golf Instructions: All You Need to Know about Fat Shots
Perfecting the low point of your swing
A fat shot can be simply described as a lack of control on where the ball is hit. A deep divot is usually evidence of a fat shot and knowing where the ball will end up is anyone’s guess. The main reason for a fat shot is a lack of control of your swing’s lowest point. If you can master where your clubface connects with the ball, you will eventually eliminate this dreaded shot from your game.
Squatting during a swing
While some professional golfers show a natural squat during a swing, it’s not a good idea to try and imitate this trait. Fat shots are a result of losing focus of where the lowest point of your swing is. Therefore, if you squat while swinging, you are likely to lose sight of where that lowest point will be. You will then either hit your clubface too low into the ground before the ball, or make a thin shot by hitting the top of the ball with the bottom of your clubface.
So is squatting wrong?
That being said, it’s important to not over think squatting too much. You may perform a natural squat during the downswing by coming down a little bit less than an inch. This is perfectly normal so don’t consciously avoid squatting slightly; but at the same time don’t consciously try to squat either.
A shallow fat shot
Another type of fat shot is when your swing is so off point that you hit the ground a good few inches behind the ball. This results in smacking the ball a point that’s too high, resulting in a massive loss of power and distance. Again, the way to avoid this type of shot is to practice drills where you make a point of concentrating on the lowest point of your downswing. Your aim should be to hit the bottom of the ball with the centre of your clubface (the sweet spot). Some of the ground may be skimmed, but your shot should not cause a divot.
Follow through with every swing
A lack of following through with your swing can be the cause of many a golf shot mistake. Fat shots are no exception. Avoid focusing too much on connecting the ball and concentrate more on where your clubface will end up. Doing this will cause you to naturally connect the ball where you’re supposed to, resulting in less and less fat shots as you get better.