At our Gravity Golf School Florida Section, using common sense is key. The title “Thin to Win” of this article is not an original quote from Gravity Golf or anyone of my staff, but a saying that any PGA Tour professional player will attest to in most cases. It is better to hit the ball on the “thin” side rather than “fat.” Hitting the ball thin means catching it low in the club face and hitting it fat indicates the opposite.
How To Listen To The Golf Ball
Golf balls have yet to learn to speak English or any other written dialect, but they do speak to us through a language of sounds. Depending on where we strike them on the club face, the materials that both the ball and club-head are made from, and a few other factors. Thin shots are struck low in the golf club’s face and have a tinny sound, while fat shots are struck high in the club face and make more of a dull thud or splat. Hitting the ground behind the ball, or what we call “fat,” reduces the compression of the golf ball at impact and in most cases, some of the distance the shot was intended to carry.
Why The PGA Tour Pros Say “Thin to Win”
The reason that pros say “thin to win” is that a miss-hit ball struck low in the club face will typically land short of the green and usually keep running, sometimes finishing near the hole or even going in if the player’s lucky enough. I’m always reluctant to use the word never when talking about golf, but a fat shot rarely gets to the hole unless it lands on a sprinkler head or you catch a “flier.”
How To Feel Path Control in Your Golf Swing
Whether an individual knows it or not, playing golf at a high level is all about club-path control. Hitting a golf ball consistently “flush” in the middle of the club face is an art that comes with the development of great swing technique. This is one of the most fun drills taught early on in our Gravity Golf School Florida Section or any other place with a certified Gravity Golf Trainer, because challenges you to work on the acquisition of perfect path control that you can see right away.
Learning “The Thin To Win Drill”
You can and should be able to do this with any club in your bag. Get yourself to the practice range at your golf course, perhaps take a seven iron to begin, and address the ball from a conventional set-up. Take your normal golf swing, but instead of trying to hit the golf ball, go right over the top of it, a full “wiff”.
The next swing, make a pass that would go full distance, instead of making full impact, swing right over the top of the ball, barely touching it. You should feel as if you are only removing the paint from the top of the ball. In a perfect full golf swing doing this drill, the club-head will touch the top of the ball, but move it less than three feet or maybe even ocelate in its same place.
Once you’ve mastered the ability to do this (it is a tough challenge), slightly deepen your spine angle and you should then progress to taking half the ball, allowing the blade to meet it right on the equator. You’ll begin to sense exactly where the blade of the club is beginning to contact the ball.
As you go deeper and deeper on the ball, you’ll start to feel the attack angle and depth where the club-head strikes the ball the purest and you’ll begin to acquire perfect control of your swing path. This is one of the secrets that will eliminate “fat” shots from your game.
This plane training drill, is an incredible way to develop a very high sensitivity to exactly where your perfect path is. Please keep us up to date with your progress and send us any questions or comments. All the best and enjoy!
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Visit The Gravity Golf School Florida Section
At the Gravity Golf School Florida Section, the acquisition of high-level technical skills is what we are all about. Come visit us and let us help you master the various Gravity Golf Drills. You will become adept at learning your perfect path and that the integrity of your golf swing is something you can control through developing the sensitivity to the flow of energy from your body through the ball. Any fear of failure can go out the window – get excited about the fact that you are closer to owning a greater swing that you can possibly know. There’s some really cool science here!