Why you hit the shots you do

Michael Humphries

31 July 2023

Golf can be a frustrating game, especially when you get into a cycle of mis-hitting your irons time and again. Maybe you come down on the ball too much and keep catching it fat? Or, perhaps you come over the top and a subsequent slice causes your ball to veer off sideways?

Whatever it is, hitting a bad golf shot is never particularly fun, but understanding why you’re hitting the ball the way you are is a big step towards improving. Keep on reading as we outline some of the most common means of mis-hitting a ball, and what you need to do in order to avoid doing the same in future.


Catching it fat

Hitting the ball fat essentially means you’re catching the ground before you strike the ball. This usually results in a rather large divot and the ball not travelling very far – especially in the winter months.

One reason for this may be to do with the placement of the ball itself. If the ball is placed too far forward in your stance (too close to the target), it’s incredibly easy for your swing to bottom out early and the first contact you make is with the ground.

Something not to overlook if you’re repeatedly catching the ball fat is simply that you’re not playing with appropriate golf clubs. If a club is too long for you, you will be coming down on the ball and regularly hitting the ground before the ball. Also, it may be that your clubs are too heavy for you. If this is the case you may be swaying backwards in your swing and again coming down on the ball.


Thinning it

Is there anything less enjoyable on a golf course than thinning the ball on a cold, icy day? The pain through your fingers!

Thinning the ball occurs when you strike the ball with the leading edge of the golf club rather than with the club’s face. So, instead of the ball being propelled into the air through a good strike and spin being imparted on the ball, a thinned shot will cause you to hit a chaotic, low stinger that can run for miles.

While these two kinds of mis-hit can produce vastly different results, both hitting it fat and thin are errors related to the arc of your swing. When you thin it, you tend to be grazing the center of the ball with the bottom of your club rather than making solid contact ball-then-turf.


Hitting a slice or a hook

Having a slice in the locker is one of the most common shot shapes that amateur golfers face when hitting off the tee. How far to the right the ball travels (for a right-handed golfer) depends on how open the clubface is in relation to your swing path through impact.

Some of you may struggle with hitting the ball too far to the left or ‘hooking’ it. This happens when the clubface is pointing towards the left of the club path at impact – maybe your hands are overactive through impact or your grip could be too strong.

As we’ve mentioned, playing with equipment suited to how you play is crucial to you pulling off good shots. We mustn’t underestimate the importance of golf club grips. If your grips are too small, your fingers will be overactive and you’ll be more prone to flinching through your swing. If your grips are too big, you’ll likely lose swing speed as you hit through the ball. This may result in you failing to hit the ball squarely with the clubface, which may cause a slice.


How might Titleist irons help?

Titleist T-Series Irons
New Titleist T-Series irons coming soon

It’s never too late to try to improve your golf game, and the latest Titleist irons have been engineered to ensure you hit the ball cleaner more regularly.

The new T100 irons are the definition of tour-performance. The best players in the world favour these clubs and it’s clear to see why. The forged construction offers a fantastic feel when you strike the ball, and the face has been milled to give your strikes excellent connection and control. The variable bounce sole on the bottom has been improved for even better turf interaction. If you’re a skilled player, these clubs will give you the extra edge you’re looking for.

The Titleist T150 is a fantastic iron within its own right. It has all the tech found in the T100 but with even more feel and forgiveness. Much of this great feel is through the club featuring a muscle channel that sits close to the face, so when you hit a ball the sensation is fantastic. The club has an optimised topline that inspires confidence when you’re standing over the ball. Simply put, the T150 gives you all the quality Titleist performance you could expect with superb feel and forgiveness too.

If you want a club that looks just as good as it feels, you’ll be captivated by the T200 irons. The club feels like a solid unit rather than a sum of independent parts. The chassis and Titleist’s Max Impact Technology has been refined to fit tighter against the forged face, giving you a fantastic feeling iron. The club looks very clean at address, and Titleist has slightly altered the centre of gravity from previous models to give you ideal launch dynamics.

With the T350 irons in your bag, you’ll be shooting lower scores in no time. The T350 are remarkable game-improvement irons. The entire club is the largest and most forgiving club in the T-Series range. The clubs have been designed to give you long and consistent shots even If you don’t hit the ball off-center away from the sweet spot. The T350 irons are full of Titleist magic and they’ll have you dominating your approach shots in not time.


Get custom fit

Whether you hit the ball fat, thin, or rarely seem to hit it straight, why you hit the ball the way you do can all be ironed out when you go through the custom fitting process.

Custom fitting allows us to examine how you approach the ball and swing your clubs, we’ll then be able to make recommendations of what gear is suitable for you. Once you’re kitted up the clubs you need, you’ll be making more accurate shots, hitting the ball further, and saying goodbye to those bad golfing habits.

If you feel getting custom fit would benefit you, we’re available in the pro shop and more than happy to help you on your way to improving your game.

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