Good Habit Series – Fat Shots

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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+

10 Responses to “Good Habit Series – Fat Shots”

  1. January 23, 2015


    greetings Coach just before i start my down swing my “swing thought”is “turn the buckle” and i try to see the buckle turning in my mind/i dont really think of driving with my hips and legs/but i end up with the knees touching and the club between my ears/ to get more power and distance if i think “turn the buckle faster” will that get the same results as thinking “drive with the legs and hips”/ Swing thought turn the buckle usually results in a good shot/ i hope i have made a clear picture

    • January 23, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      That is 1 of the triggers and will work. I like how you described it because as you are doing it you are saying you are getting to the follow through position. So keep doing it if this is the way you like to trigger your swing. Good job.

  2. January 23, 2015


    Very good point as I do hit fat on occasion which I know I just did not get to my left side. Sounds like another way to say it is move your right hip more towards the target Or with the belt buckle towards the target. I notice the difference in your video with you right hip turning more towards the target versus when you were hitting fat it was way behind.

    • January 23, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Fat shots can be frustrating if you don’t know how to fix them. As you see the fix is easy. Glad you like it. However you want to get off this back foot is up to you. I like the FEEL the HEEL thought as it’s easy. Just keep this fix on the top of your mind if you see these shots.

  3. January 23, 2015


    Very good reminder ,Paul,,of one of the most important basics .
    I do this a bit differently from this video : I just picked up YOUR lesson to ” PUSH WITH THE RIGHT INSTEP THE STRONGLY YOU CAN ” .Doing So also helps greatly the forward rotation .Sometimes I also remember to Turn the chest quickly ( Or the belt buckle as other commentators say in this blog )
    Works fine .I never hit it fat ,when I miss ,it’s a thinned shot or a topped shot ,probably due to retracting the Arms by being to tight .

    • January 23, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I like the thin or topped shot as the miss because these shots at least end up somewhat on target. I just don’t like it when it’s topped. This is just as bad as fat. If you are trying to drive the lower harder and harder I could see the thin shots being your miss. If you top it you are going too hard.

  4. January 23, 2015


    Great Tip for a great habit to develop. I start my downswing as I feel my wrist cock at the top of my back swing. Now I’ll use that same trigger as a signal to begin my lower body turn with lifting my right foot. Correct??


    • January 23, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, I this is a great thought. You need to be thinking of the trigger because it triggers your swing.

      Here is my trigger:

      Secret of the Starting the Downswing (using triggers – off big toe curve):

      You can also think of the left leg and hip or belt buckle to start the downswing. No matter which one you are using all of them must happen. For example, when I trigger the swing from my right instep my hips and belt buckle turn left and my left leg locks. I just like thinking of the right instep. Other people like the other triggers. Find the one you like and keep using it to trigger every full swing.

  5. July 11, 2015



    Thanks for this simple drill. I have been having fat issues with the gap and sand wedges of late. Makes sense to me that I am staing to the right side and getting too much tilt, which on the longer clubs I have dialed in pretty well now. Will have opportunity tomorrow to put into action.


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