How I Would Hit A Thin Shot

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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+

5 Responses to “How I Would Hit A Thin Shot”

  1. Excellent diagnosis,Paul, of a common error and how to avoid it .
    A thin shot on the fairway is not too much penalizing ,it’s more so out of light rough ,and even more when playing a chip or a short pitch :you’re 20 yards from the pin and all of a sudden you “zing “it off or over the green :this happens more or less when you are careless because you are so close to the pin and you skip or foul your current normal ,iron clad routine .So never be careless when playing any kind of shot and taking it for granted

  2. August 29, 2016


    Hi Paul,
    i have slowed down and i think all my mechanics are close to what you would like to see most of the time. The ball is on line and within 10 yards or so of my target (irons only). The shots feel good and have a nice flight pattern most of the time. The times that aren’t good are the thin shots. Getting that last mechanical part of the contact through to the follow through is the crux of the problem. This lesson will help me overcome that. My best shot with a 4 iron is 160 yards (which doesn’t happen very often) at this controlled swing speed, but it is straight. How many thousand shots will i need to practice before i can crank it up? No matter, because everything feels good, but i would eventually like to be able to play better than bogey golf. As the Buddhist saying goes: “The oxen are slow, but the Earth is patient.” (and so am i).
    thanks for all you do,

    • August 29, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Thin is fine as it is you coming out of it instead of fat (hanging back). Everyone hits thin shots from time to time.

      You need to keep it slower until you know for a fact you are not hitting and you are used to the feeling of not hitting with the arms. If you are doing well at this speed then keep doing it. You will know when you can go a little faster. If you turn it up a notch and lose it then you are not ready so go back down.

  3. August 27, 2019


    I am able to consistently hit thin shots, and it is not because I am anxious or want to see the result, but rather, it is just a move I am making. This tip is very useful, and just making a few practice swings I can tell it is going to help. One thing I noticed about your swing, Paul, is that you really stay down through impact, noticeably so. Just wondering why you emphasize this in your swing?

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