How to Get Rid of Fat Shots

My golf coach Garrett Louis, instructor for Top 50 Teacher In America and PGA Teacher Of The Year Martin Chuck’s, Tour Striker Golf Academy in Phoenix Arizona, teaches me how to get rid of fat shots.

Let’s talk about a couple of things that might be causing you to slice the golf ball, and so I’ve got a couple of aim sticks on the ground here representing target line, and then I have my golf ball placed in the center of those two aim sticks, and I’m going to attach this to my club head here, and a lot of times, when I see a golfer slicing the golf ball, they have a really high handle at impact, and so here’s this training aid pointing at my target in the distance, and as I start to raise this handle, I want you to notice how that starts to point to the right, and if I lower this handle, that starts to point to the left, and so if you are slicing the golf ball, I oftentimes see people with a super high handle at impact, and now that club face is pointing a mile to the right, right?

So when we start to understand that, what causes that is, we have a issue where we have a over-the-top path. Now, the golf club has no place to go, because if you kept rotating, you’d miss the golf ball, so then you’re forced to stand up, and now when I stand up, I have a high handle, and when I have a high handle, the club face is pointing to the right. So it’s just kind of a trickle-down effect, okay?

So the remedy for that is let’s start to… And I have another thing, too, I want you guys to see, is I have an aim stick placed just out in front of me here, and this is going to take some awareness on your part to set this up, but the aim stick’s out just a little bit in front of me on an angle here, an angle matching my golf club at at address, okay?

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Now, when I make my back swing, see how my hands, and I want you to feel this, I want you to feel your hands work down in front of you, to where they’re about even with your right thigh, all right?

And then we still have a bent right elbow, and now from here, we can allow ourselves to rotate and [inaudible 00:02:06] rather than making our [inaudible 00:02:10] out in, hitting this aim stick, and then having a high handle, and so a nice drill for you, guys, would be, I’m going to take my back swing here, and I’m going to give it two pumps. I’m going to make a back swing, [inaudible 00:02:22] hands where they’re even with my right thigh. [inaudible 00:02:29] reasonable strike, but this is a tough drill, and, guys, you don’t have to do this at full speed. All right?

When I’m hitting, you can start out and just chip shots out there. I’ve got an eight iron. Hit this eight iron in 50 yards. Don’t feel like you’ve got to hit this full, and then build your way up to being able to do this at more of a full speed, all right? But, again, high handle leads to face pointing to the right, and then let’s put an aim stick to give us an awareness, and then we can rotate and turn the corner.

Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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