Love Fat Shots

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

16 Responses to “Love Fat Shots”

  1. November 9, 2012


    Since I started working with your book (May 2012), I hit many fat ones during summer but it is getting better. I feel better I general about all my bad shots because a least I have an good idea why. Knowing keeps me calm and cool most of the time.


    • November 9, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      As I said the fat shots are good plus they are easy to fix. Just keep doing practice swings feeling the weight come off this heel and you will clear the club.

      Glad you are getting better. Keep at it.

  2. November 9, 2012


    I’ve watched and encorporated your technique ever since I joined Ignitiongolf in Sept 2012…..and the “powerless arms” really works! My friends, many who have golfed for decades, are shocked! I’ve only started golf in August of this year…..haven’t swung a golf club since 1988 (no lie!),and I’m well over 50. Initially was hitting “fat ” just as in this video,and now I don’t ….just like you said… persistent!
    I’ve managed to ‘distill’ your swing videos down to 10 points and wonder what you think.
    The backswing is “left sided” just like the “swing machine”
    1. left hand pushes club back
    2. left arm straight and extended right until the top when it bends alittle
    3. left shoulder coils forward so chin touches it
    4. left foot stays planted
    5. left wrist (both in reality) hinge feeling “slightly out of control”

    “arms dead,wrists loose”

    Downswing is Right sided, just like the “swing machine”
    1. Right hip rotates forward in a circular rotation
    2. Right foot instep “pushes off”
    3. Right leg touches straightened left leg
    4. Right shoulder follows “passively”
    5. Right wrist “rolls over” left wrist slightly after impact and then you “stretch it out” towards the target (feels slightly out of control) and follow through so club parallel to ears and perpendicular to the target.
    Looking forward to your golf school in the spring
    Mike Shannon

    • November 9, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Mike, I’m glad you are making the arms powerless and impressing your friends. Maybe they will try it too!

      1. Good. You can also take it back with your shoulder rotation.

      2. Left arm is extended but not locked.

      3. Good. Make sure chin is up so your shoulder goes under it.

      4. I like the foot on the ground.

      5. Left wrist hinged will feel out of control until you get used to it then you are not thinking about it.


      1. You can used the right hip or left hip or the other triggers just so long as the lower body is initiating the downswing.

      2. Push from the right instep if you can.

      3. Legs are touching at the end of the swing with the left leg locked.

      4. Shoulders uncoil due to firing the lower body. You are not even thinking about the shoulders in the downswing.

      5. Wrists release after the ball is hit and the right arm becomes fully extended.


      Here are other points you should add to your list:

      1. Relaxed grip and powerless forearms at setup.

      2. Take the club back slowly.

      3. Slow transition with a slight pause/hesitation at the top.

      4. Unmistakeable feeling of hitting the ball with the legs not the arms.

      5. Focus on getting to Point B the follow through. Holding it and checking to make sure it is perfect every time.

      That’s it for now. Keep at it and stick to these points. If you do you will keep shocking your friends.

  3. November 9, 2012



    A little off topic but I was wondering if it was normal to push, push/cut the driver when speeding up my hip turn (right knee touching left)? If so, is there a swing thought that can straighten out the ball when trying for a little extra distance) I am starting to hit my driver more consistently but looking for more distance. The ball flight is usually a slight cut.
    About one out of 20 drives I hit one that goes 15-20 yards longer when my arms and wrists are so loose that I can feel the club rotate in my hands through impact. The ball flight is a slight draw. I wish I could repeat that more often.

    • November 9, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Jim, yes you will hit pushes and push fades if you drive the lower body too hard. If this is happening roll the wrists and get the ball hooking. Once you are hooking it forget the arms and try driving the lower body hard again to straighten it out. If you push/push fade it again you have not rolled it enough so your wrists are locking back up. You may want to gradually speed up the lower body instead of going all out.

      I did a tip on RG about this but it is not posted on this site yet. I need to get that one on here.

  4. November 9, 2012


    Golfs prety much over for the year up here in canada, you had given me some suggestions a couple of weeks ago , to work on over the winter , i am hiting balls into a net in my garage and am finding it much easier to reach the touch knees and follow through position then when you are out in the wide open course. one question i have is when i hit balls i seem to hit them much more solidly and finish much more balanced(touch knees and b position) if ihave the sensation of swinging up at the ball. i still try springing off my right foot to touch knees but it doesnt seem as smooth as the swing up sensation. Does this swinging up sensation cause you to automaticly start the downswing with lower body ,is this something i should continue on with or should i work more on spring the right foot around. Love your above comment on taking the club back slowly, i find this really helps to take arms out. thanks.

    • November 10, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Barry, You need to not only hit balls but do practice swings over and over again without the ball. I prefer people watching themselves swing in a mirror so they can see what they are doing. It is about the movement and you perfecting it. Do the positions I teach looking for the feedback all winter. If you do you will not know any other way to swing. Then you add the ball and you will not lose your swing.

      Swinging up is a good feeling just don’t swing up too much. To swing up your body have to be tilted to the right or behind the ball in the downswing. This will allow you to swing out at it slightly. Keep at it.

  5. Hi Paul Finally getting feel of powerless arms hitting straightest shots of my life, one question , as this video say, i find now i am hitting 30% of my full wedges fat but only off of tight lies, i use the feeling of pushing off my right toe to start downswing ,seems to work fine with the other clubs,with wedges is it better use the belt buckle turn rather than driving right toe.wondering if maybe i am driving to hard with right toe will this cause increase fat shots by putting me to far behind ball.

    • Barry,

      I get the feeling you are pressing down with the right toe. Pressing down is keeping the weight on this foot. Just get the back heel off the ground at impact the club will clear. Remember what this is doing. By getting off the back foot you are stopping your body from getting too close to the ground. The lower you get the more the club will hit behind the ball so the arc will not clear. So get off the back heel at impact and feel taller then the club will clear.

  6. Paul,

    I’m usually in the 70’s before I came across ignition golf went to play today shot 81 with a 6 or 7 fat shots but close to the green got up and down for par 4 times with the new chipping/pitching technique you teach after the round I was thinking why was I hitting fat shots I never hit fat shots before
    maybe once a round so I was saying to myself you know what I need to go back to my old swing, I used to hit the ball more solid with my arms and hands involved BUT then I remember a tip that said LOVE FAT SHOTS
    didn’t actually see it before because just the word fat shot don’t interest me
    so when I got home today actually got to see it make sense to me I was staying on my right foot all day today I guess is going to take time for me to get better at this swing it looks simple when you swing. any tip on not hitting fat shots hate them ***thanks paul

    • Carlos,

      I love fat shots. This tells you that your arms are letting go and starting to stretch out. The problem is this is a wider arc than your old golf swing would allow so you are trapped on the back foot at impact. Most people would quit and go back to their old golf swing (which does not work). Instead you kept hitting fat shots. Now, keep the same feeling but get the weight off the back foot. If you do you will no longer hit these shots and you will be using a wider arc which means more clubhead speed and consistency.

      Keep at it. It sounds like you are making progress.

  7. another question paul should I keep my weight on the left side until I get better at rotating my hips just a tought thanks

    • Carlos,

      No. Allow the weight to shift to the right going back. Then feel it end up on the left into the follow through. If you keep your weight on your left there is no way to turn properly. You will have to move laterally which is exactly what I am trying to get people to avoid.

  8. Hi Paul,

    Topping the ball is decreasing. Fat shots happen but I keep going with powerless arms. Hit one of the best shots of my life with powerless arms today. Holes called heartbreak ridge. On in 4 after two baddies. Down in 6 for 3 pts stable ford. It’ not Augusta,but for me, pretty special. Thanks for your kind instruction


    • Harold,

      Glad you like the tips and are improving. Things are starting to happen. Just keep at it and it will get better and better.

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