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Hitting Fat Shots with Short Irons

Short Irons are basically easy to hit. It's very forgiving because they have more loft and shorter shaft than other irons.

But some golfers struggle with fat shots with short irons.

There are many reasons for this. But I see two common faults for hitting fat shots with short irons.

 

1) Trying to lift the ball in the air

If you try to help the ball up in the air, you will tend to hit it fat or top the golf ball. Shots with short irons should go higher in the air, but you don' have to scoop the ball.

The loft will get the ball airborne. So trust your loft and hit it with a slight descending blow.

 

2) Trying to guide the ball to the target

Because you are not so far away from the green, the tendency is to guide the ball to the target. This will cause deceleration of clubhead through impact.

Don't try to guide the shot. Instead, try to focus on your routine. Don't try to control the result because you really can't.

If you have very steep angle of approach into the ball, you should feel like you are sweeping the ball off the turf with your short irons.

To practice this, tee it up high as if you are going to hit a driver and hit ball with your short irons.

When you hit balls with this drill, try to focus on the back of the ball and sweep the ball of the tee.

I hope this will help you stop your fat shots.

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