How To Improve you Game with Golf Fixes
Very few golf fixes work immediately. Be prepared to spend some time perfecting your new, improved swing. The key is to not give up. So get out there to apply what you learn in practice
At the top of most golfers’ to-fix lists – right after the slice and hook – are the fat, thin and topped iron shots. The good news is, these common problem areas can be easily fixed with minor adjustments.
Fat & Thin Shots
For most golfers, the fat or thin iron shot occurs when the center of the swing is too far behind the ball at contact. When this happens, your club hits the ground first (resulting in a fat shot) or hits the top of the ball (causing a thin shot). See what the Golf Swing Guru has to say about fixing your fat, thin and topped iron shots:
The primary cause of a fat or thin shot is having the head too far behind the ball, which tends to put too much weight on the right foot. You can fix this by moving your head more to the center and making sure your weight is on the left foot at address.
Some golfers get into the habit of tilting the spine to the right more than necessary. This will throw off your swing path and cause the club to hit the ground before it hits the ball. The easy solution is to square your shoulders when you address the ball.
Also make sure you turn your right hip – not allowing it to slide to the right – as you begin your backswing.
One of the more common causes of thin and fat shots with irons is standing too far away from the ball at address. This will cause you to over-reach your arms at impact to get to the ball. Pulling the arms in at impact can also cause a fat or thin iron shot.
The hips have to move out of the way as you bring your arms through, or the left arm tends to bend, causing a chicken wing effect. When you get your hips forward at impact, your arms will have room to extend at the bottom of your swing.
Topping the Ball
There are two main things that can cause you to top the ball. The first is raising your body up at impact, which also raises the level of the clubhead and results in a topped ball. The main cause of this is tilting too far forward at address.The second trigger is setting up with your arms too far extended.
On the downswing, it can be difficult to make the sudden adjustment to get the arms back in quickly enough. An unmistakable sign of this problem is the left arm going into the chicken wing formation as you move through impact.
The effect of both of these mistakes is magnified as you move to the shorter clubs.
By the time you get to the 9-iron, the problem may have worsened, resulting in severely fat, thin or topped balls. To avoid topping the ball, slow down the swing, allow your arms to relax, and stay in the proper position as you move through the downswing.
Getting the clubhead to hit down on the ball is the key to success. A lot of material has been written on how to cure the dreaded slice. Rather than go through all the tips you’ve already heard dozens of times before, I have put together a simple step-by-step guide to cure your slice once and for all.
Go to the driving range and get a bucket of balls. This drill is designed for the driver, but can be applied to any club that hits slices.
Spend a few minutes stretching and warming up, focusing on calming your nerves.
Set a ball on the tee, and take your normal address. Find a target out on the range with an unobstructed view.
One very common cause of slicing the ball is lining up to the left of the target. To determine if you are doing this, simply hold a long club (such as your driver) straight across both of your hips as you address the ball. Check to see where the end of the club is pointing. A perfectly hit ball will follow that line. Once you have your hips aligned properly, look down at your feet. They should not be too open or closed.
Re-set your address, making sure your hips and feet are positioned properly. Hit four or five balls, aiming at your target. If you are still slicing the ball, you know alignment isn’t the problem. Proceed to Step Six. If your golf balls are no longer slicing, then your alignment was the cause of your slicing. Go play golf!
Now that you’ve made sure you have proper alignment, check your grip on the club. Step up to the ball, and look down at your hands. Count how many knuckles you can see on your left hand (if you are right-handed). If you do not see at least two knuckles on your left hand, rotate your hands until you do. If you see four, you went too far and need to back up. It’s very important to rotate just your hands, NOT the club.
Address the ball again, using this new grip. Hit four or five balls, again aiming at your target, paying close attention to the flight path. If you are no longer slicing the ball, your grip was the problem. If the balls are still slicing, move on to Step Eight.
It is possible that your swing is ending up with the dreaded chicken wing. Take several practice swings, keeping your right elbow pressed against your body.
When the right elbow flies too far away from the body, it causes an out-to-in swing path that almost always results in a slice.
Use Muscle Memory
Once you fix your slice, hit several more balls using the new information you’ve discovered on your alignment, grip,or swing path. Your muscle memory has already learned know how to make you slice the ball; now you have to retrain it to use the right process. By repeating the proper swing over and over again, your muscle memory will begin to register the proper mechanics, making it much easier to replicate a good swing later.
Purepoint Golf Team