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Fat no more: the cause and fix of golf’s dreaded fat shots

June 8, 2021

The cause and fix of golf’s dreaded fat shots. Golfers who hit the ground before making impact on the ball swear off from ever taking a divot again. The correct divot is after, not before impact, followed by the ball, then turf click, then think. 

The Cause:

When the trail palm (the right palm for most right-handed golfers) moves up through the impact, it sends the club head down to the ground too soon causing fat shots.

It also forces the golfer to stay on the trail/right foot.

If the golfer does not focus on pressing into the lead/left leg and remains in the trail/right foot, then the trail/right palm must flip the club head up and fat shots are again the issue.

The Fix:

  • Start with more pressure in the lead/left leg. The down swing transition of the club’s travel is started with a shift of more pressure to the lead/left leg. When that happens, the golfer has an open-door opportunity to uncock the club without a flip.
  • The trail palm moves down to the ball and then to a handshake through impact.

I’ve added a video of these motions above to better understand this true pure motion of the impact interval.

  1. Transition the pressure shift to target when starting the club’s down swing.
  2. The trail/right palm is pointing down to the ball, then the target through impact to a handshake position post impact.

Impact is a wonderful experience to lose the fat and gain yardage with ball flight control through a simple handshake motion.

Cathy Schmidt is an LPGA Class A instructor with 31 years of teaching experience. She is a former player on the Futures Tour and 2011 Symetra Tour as well as a past officer of the LPGA and lead instructor for the LPGA programs Behind the Ropes, LPGA USGA Girls Golf, and LPGA Golf 101 for women. She was elected as the LPGA S.E. Section Secretary from 2011-2014. Cathy is the owner/operator of The Golf Boot Camp.