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HOW TO STOP HITTING FAT GOLF SHOTS


– I’m Adam Bazalgette, two-time PGA Teacher of
the Year award winner down here in Naples, Florida. Welcome to the channel
and today’s subject, how to stop hitting fat golf shots. Stay tuned. (energetic music) Well, a lot of us wanna know how to stop hitting fat golf shots, so that’s what we’re gonna focus on, here. I’ll show you the main
thing you have to do to stop doing it, I’ll show you what I
think is a major pitfall, as you try to fix that, and
then I’ll give you a drill that really encompasses or
covers both of them a little bit. If you like the video, please
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Let’s check it out. So let’s start with this principle. If you’re gonna be a good iron player off a normal sort of a lie, this is a perfect fairway lie here, with no tee under the ball, you have got to brush
the ground, at least, if not take a slight divot. As we’ve shown you in other videos, that puts the sweet spot
up against the ball, but the key, of course,
is you have to do that on the front side of the ball. Now, believe it or not, the
true bottom of the swing, when they measure this
with high tech equipment, is about five inches in front of the ball. It isn’t right there, at
the back of the golf ball. So that’s the key, getting the
bottom of the swing forward. Then, we’ll show you the big pit fall. But let’s get started. Let’s look at a Tour pro do
this and look at a couple of the features that help him do this. Who does it better than
this guy, Sergio Garcia? Let’s have a look then. And the camera is just
fractionally off from straight on but it will certainly serve our purpose. So you can see, as Sergio comes in, how the divot is in front of the ball. If I was to highlight the
angle he’ll have coming in and beyond the shot, it’s about like that. So, you can see that
the bottom of his circle is much more in this area
and that is what makes him such a consistent iron player. And you could equate that, if you like, with the shaft gets
vertical, right about there, beyond the golf ball. It doesn’t get vertical at the ball, it gets vertical beyond the ball. And when it’s vertical, that
is usually about the lowest that golf club’s gonna get. Other things you’d look
at as he does that. You can see how narrow
his swing arc there is. It’s pretty close to his body and how much wider it is on that side, so it’s a great deal wider
past impact than before impact. That’s certainly a helping
clue as to how he does this. And finally, if you look at a
reference from the golf ball. Again, the camera angle’s
just a fraction off, but let’s do that reference. It’ll certainly serve. Couple of things you’ll notice. Number one, how far past
the ball the handle gets before he releases. Now, it’s not like he’s not releasing. He’s releasing it
aggressively, right there, but it’s past the ball before it happens. And secondly, how much towards
the target his hips are. That shaft, that yellow
line, is more in line with his back hip than his
front hip as he hits the ball. And when you can do those
things, hips forward, handle past the ball and
release it to the club, straight there, you’ll see
that the bottom of your swing will be several inches
in front of the ball. Okay, as we get started, let’s
use this little alignment rod to help us work some things out. And what we’re going to look
at briefly, from this angle, is a pitfall that people get
into when they first discover geez, my swing’s gotta be
that far in front of the ball or the bottom of the swing does. What they tend to do, this is at about the angle of my 8-iron, they tend to come down steeply too much, which in some ways does help. It has a lot of problems that
go with it, but if I had, say, a poisonous snake
on the ground over here, it would be much easier to
hit it from a steep plane than it would be from a shallow plane. So you can kind of cheat your way forward if you get steep, but
we don’t wanna do that. If you get steep, not
only will you hit slices and lose power, but you can
dig the club into the ground and start taking huge, deep, heavy divots. So, stick an alignment rod in the ground at the angle of the club you’re using. Should be a short iron, this is an 8-iron. Move back a few inches and just make some little
swings underneath that. Just little half swings and then you know you’re not getting steep and it sets the table to really work on this thing the proper way. Let’s check it from this angle. So this stick is invaluable
from this angle as well. Number one, of course,
I can tell how far past the imaginary ball I’m hitting the ground, but it gives me a great reference for the handle of the golf club. As we’ve shown you before, in order to hit the ground forward, all you’ve got to do is get
the handle past the ball before the club hits the ground, before the club reaches true vertical. And if you can do that, you’re
gonna have some success. So I can experiment here with the feeling of how far past the stick
I can get the handle and play around a little
bit with my brush point. It is not that difficult to do. Another reference you can
get from this is the hips. As we showed you inside with the pro, most of them, even though
their head’s still, that shaft is pretty far
back, say off the right hip. So you can start to get a feeling for hey, I can afford to go well
forward with my weight, well forward with the handle and then hit the ground
over here a little bit. Great references. As I said, you can put
this in the back yard and just play with it at home, really develop some skill. Now, one little thing here, in passing. Always, when you’re
working on something new, feel free to be playful and
experiment a little bit. Once you’ve done it a few times, you’re feeling you’re having
a little bit of success, go ahead and make your swing where you don’t move
your hips forward so much and the club hits the ground here a bit. Contrast that with the feeling
of hitting way over there and then maybe come back to something a little bit more like you’d like to do. Mix it up a little bit and you’ll develop a lot more
skill and a lot more feel. And when the ball starts to get in the way with some small shots, don’t prioritize solid contact initially. Just see if you can
playfully move the bottom of that swing forward and
you’re gonna have some success. Well, I hope that was helpful to you. I hope it gives you a starter on how to stop hitting fat golf shots. ScratchGolfAcademy.com is my website. All kinds of free content
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