How To Stop Fat Contact

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To swing the club properly around your body (and keep fat shots and slices at bay), think about keeping your elbows level at the top.
Angus Murray

The Problem

Your swing is too up-and-down,
which causes either
a fat shot or a wild slice.

The Solution

A too-steep backswing
creates two problems:
1) The resulting steep
downswing will force
you to stick the club in the
ground before impact (fat),
and 2) When you take the
club back too high, your
forearms tend to rotate
down, cupping your left
wrist and opening the
clubface (slice). To swing
the club properly around
your body, think about
keeping your elbows
level at the top.

The Drill

Here’s a good way to learn
how to keep your swing on
plane. Take the club back
and find your position
at the top. Then, have a
friend grab another club
from your bag — something
long like your driver or 3-
wood — and try to balance
it between your arms (see
photo). If your elbows
aren’t level, the club won’t
be straight. Practice this
until you can feel the correct
position all the time.