How To Stop Hitting Fat While Staying Back

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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 “How To Stop Hitting Fat While Staying Back”

  1. Paul: Hitting ball fat has been an ongoing problem for me. Rt heel off helps get proper wt shift at impact, I will keep at it thanks, very timely

    • This really should not be problem. Fat shots are very easy to fix. Just keep working on the getting the right heel of the ground through impact. Make the lower body your first thought to start the downswing and you should be just fine.

  2. June 22, 2012


    i notice in your swing you roll over onto the outerside of your left foot at the finish, i see most good golfers doing this, is there a drill to promote this feeling,i hit the ball reasonably wellusing your method but rarely get rolling over of the left foot feeling.

    • Once you balance on the tip of the back toe and you allow the weight to shift to this forward leg you should roll onto this foot automatically. The only way you can keep it flat is too have too wide of a stance and/or not shift your weight fully. Make sure this foot is turned out and it should go there. Here is the video:

      Forward Foot:

  3. September 23, 2012


    In the raising of the right heel can you raise it to much before impact ,how would this affect the shot shape,does the touch the knee drill have same result in curing the fat shot.

    • September 24, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, you can raise this foot too much at impact. This could be be coming over the top or driving the lower body way too hard. If you are over the top the ball will obviously start left. If you are getting your lower body too far ahead of the upper you will block it.

      Fat shots are caused because you have too much weight on your back foot at impact. Just touch the legs a little faster in the downswing. This will get you off this back foot a little faster and you will be fixed.

      • October 16, 2017


        I don’t understand how it is possible, using the Iron Byron principles, to drive the lower body too hard and have the upper body follow too slowly, resulting in a blocked shot. I do know that this will happen as I often block my drives.
        However, if my arms are truly powerless, wouldn’t they just move more quickly and still be square at impact?
        If I think of Iron Byron, no matter how fast the “body ” would turn, it would still hit a straight shot, wouldn’t it?

  4. September 30, 2012


    Im working on your swing and coming out of Stack and tilt that had me on the right side of the course “always”.
    Im doing good to power off the arms but now Im always hitting way behind with driver. luck for me my arms are powerless and the club bounses of the ground and at the ball :).

  5. November 8, 2014


    I hit it fat some times with the driver but am definatly well up off the right heel at impact and am always in the legs together position at the end of my swing so what do you say to that??
    Im not doing a reverse pivot. Im trying to stand taller always initiating with my hips. Im trying not to force an exagarted back tilt on down swing. Any ideas??

    • November 9, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I say your whole body is too tilted when you are hitting the ball plus although your foot may be up you can still have too much weight on the big toe. If you are turning you are not tilting as much. Excess tilt would be you shifting laterally not rotationally. So turn to start the downswing not shift.

  6. November 8, 2014


    …is it possible that getting my hips around too fast could in someway be responible for driving fat? And i also find my self a little off balance in my follow through position as my wieght is on my outer(target side)/front of of my left foot as opposed to outer/heel of my left foot where i think it should be.. i hope this makes sense and help would be much appreciated!

    • November 9, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      That is not the problem. Your body is tilted too much behind the ball as you hit the ball. You could check if you are crossing the line at the top causing you to attack too much from the side. A severe inside out path would also cause you to tilt too much.


      Too much inside out
      Too much weight on back foot
      Too much lateral shift to start the downswing.

      In the follow through the weight should end up 90% on the outside heel of the forward foot at follow through.

      Forward Foot:

  7. November 9, 2014


    Thanks for the reply i mentioned in another post earlier to you but will say it again on here, i had a great range day today. I think as you said lateral shift has been the culprit of my fat shots. Once i started rotating properly on my backswing i found my self automatically rotating properly on my follow through as opposesd to shifting laterally and then everything else seemed to fall in to place.
    Thanks alot again! James UK

    • November 9, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. It is a turn. The shift occurs on its own if you get to the tip of the back toe in the follow through.

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