Why Do I Hit Iron Shots Fat?

Brad Carey23 Jan 2023

Golf can be a challenging and rewarding game, but one of the biggest sources of frustration for many golfers is hitting iron shots fat. When this happens, it can cause extra strokes that weren’t accounted for, undermining scores on the whole. In this blog post series, we will explore why so many players hit their irons fat—the technical reasons behind it as well as how to make adjustments in your swing and practice habits to improve accuracy with these clubs. By making just a few simple changes to your setup and technique you could dramatically reduce the number of errant iron shots you take each round!

What Causes Iron Shots to Be Fat?

There are a few common causes for hitting an iron shot fat. The most likely is that you have set up with the ball too far forward in your stance, causing you to catch it on its descent and make contact before reaching the bottom of your swing arc. This often results in a strike below the equator of the golf ball which sends it rocketing low towards your target instead of having loft when leaving the clubface. Poor posture can also contribute, as if you’re not positioned correctly at address, this may lead to more hip action during impact or cause poor balance resulting in weight being shifted onto back foot allowing clubs head to hit ground first instead of squarely connecting with golf ball. Lastly grip pressure affects accuracy; too light means unable control angular velocity desired power and spin rate, while over-gripping could result making bottom slice through grass fat shots..

The Key to Avoiding Fat Shots: Posture and Stance

To avoid fat shots with your iron clubs, it is essential to have the proper posture and stance. Posture plays an important role in how you swing your club; if you are too upright or bent over from the waist then this will affect the way that your club meets the ball. Your feet should be around shoulder-width apart for most iron shots, but depending on which shot you are taking can determine whether a wider or narrower stance would suit better. Additionally, make sure to stay in an athletic position that allows flexibility when swinging – don’t be too rigid and firm! Once properly positioned at address (the starting point of every golf shot) feel free to move naturally through each individual part stage of your backswing before settling into impact with good balance throughout as well as some bend in both legs just prior to striking through contact zone. Using these tips can shave strokes off of any golfer's game - so get out there and practice!

The Key to Avoiding Fat Shots: Swing Path Angle

Hitting a fat shot with an iron results in biting into the turf before your club has had time to complete its arc and strike through the ball cleanly. The key to avoiding this embarrassing mistake is controlling your swing path angle. To do so, create a more upward angle of attack at impact by getting behind the ball from setup point, driving up on it during backswing and then dropping down slightly on it as you reach impact position for solid contact. If you can manage that consistently, not only will you reduce or even eliminate any chances of hitting fat shots but also add power and distance as an added bonus!

The Key to Avoiding Fat Shots: Swing Speed

Fat shots are one of the most frustrating parts of golf, and many players struggle to understand why they’re hitting them in the first place. One possible answer is swing speed; if you aren’t swinging with enough force or control then your club can easily bottom out on impact, leading to a fat shot. To avoid this happening it’s important that you get used to keeping consistent swing speeds throughout all irons levels. This means mastering basic movements such as loading your weight onto your back foot, rotating through at waist level without tilting over too much, and maintaining tempo so it doesn't rush or slow up around impact. By using these techniques consistently when playing iron shots across all clubs from wedges to drivers - developing consistency will become second nature!

Tips for Eliminating Fat Shots

Fat shots occur when the club bottom strikes the turf before it contacts the ball, resulting in a shot that is lower and shorter than expected. Fortunately, there are many tips for eliminating fat shots from your golf game. The most important tip to remember is to ensure you have correct form through impact and finish. Keeping your weight on your left side throughout the swing will help prevent this fault as well as making sure your arms remain parallel with each other at address position. Additionally, be conscious of keeping an eye on what lies ahead of you during a shot; if that terrain rises or falls dramatically then adjust accordingly by setting up differently and being aware of how much force needs applied behind contact point so bodyweight doesn’t affect flight path too greatly either way


In conclusion, there are many reasons why players hit fat iron shots and understanding the cause of your own bad shots is an important step to improving your golf game. Common causes of fat iron shots include having poor technique or form, mis-clubbing (choosing a club that's too long or heavy), improper weight distribution during the swing, as well as not using enough speed on impact. With practice and patience you can identify which factors may be causing you difficulty in hitting cleanly struck irons and make corrections that will benefit your overall performance!

Brad Carey

Brad Carey

An avid golfer, brad loves a round of 18 on a Sunday. After getting involved in the technical side of golf, he thought he'd share his insights with others.

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