Unless you have been living in a cave you would have had seen the latest product that is taking the practicing world by storm. Social media is awash with video footage of the FatPlate being used by both amateurs and pros. Our equipment guru, William Murfitt, digs a little deeper to find out what it’s all about.
So what is the FatPlate all about? Well, in short, it’s a training aid that helps to promote a better strike and impact position and to replicate the ball then turf fundamentals that every golfer should dream of having. Hitting shot after shot at the same time provides the user with the ultimate feedback.
At present FatPlate have three products on the market; FatPlate & FatPlate Lady – The thickest of the line, with an artificial grass section on the front, in my opinion, this is the most versatile of the products, with the added grass allowing the use in the home, and in the garden without damaging your beloved lawn. And with the height of the product, it won’t affect the feedback you get from your practice.
FatPlate Lite & FatPlate Lite Lady – A slimmer version of FatPlate with the AstroTurf removed, providing excellent feedback on the grass or driving range mat, ideal to slip into your bag and used while out on the course too.
FatPlate Sand – with the same thickness of the lite, offering that visual only feel and feedback. Along with helping to improve bunker play.
Attention to detail is something that hasn’t been missed on any of the FatPlate products. Clearly labelled it removes any need for additional instructions. All of the products are made of a super strong plastic and as you can see, they are very pleasing to the eye.
How does it work? Aiming the product towards your selected target, place your ball on the desired spot on the turf on either of the four markers (depending on club selection), address the ball, swing as normal then hitting the ball first followed by turf then watch the ball fly. Simple as that but what happens if you catch the turf first, well this is where the FatPlate really shines whereby the feedback is so important to improve.
Using the StrikeStrips stickers (similar to those used during club fitting), during a poor swing if you happen to catch the turf first you will mark the SrikeStrip to ensure that you improve on your next swing. But don’t panic if you don’t have the StrikeStrip’s as one of the beauties of this product is the noise feedback. You hear the impact, so regardless if you’ve stickered up or not you are getting that 100% feedback.
This all sounds extremely positive so what about any negatives? Well, in short, I can’t find any! I originally had some concerns surrounding the FatPlate Lite’s thickness but with some testing and some poor shots on my behalf. FatPlate’s development really withstood the test! The only thing that I actually found wasn’t a fault with the FatPlate but more of a gripe that green staff may have and could steer you towards a FatPlate. I used both products at the driving range and at the practice area at my home course. Both products performed well and little difference was felt in the terms of feedback provided but once the practice session finished on the grass especially, with the FatPlate I could pack up and go home.
However, with the lite, to ensure the visual feedback was at it’s best the divots were spread far and wide. 10-15 minutes of collecting and repairing grass to leave a suitably repaired practice area to ensure the ground repairs to recover as quickly as possible.
In my opinion, the FatPlate is the way forward here as it will save you time and upset whilst still providing you with excellent feedback, plus with the added turf it can be used anywhere. The Verdict – I’ve tested a number of training products now and for me, FatPlate really top this list for the reasons that they have set out to design a product that not only is pleasing to the eye but one that actually helps to improve your game almost instantly! I tested this product extensively and I would recommend you get yourselves one of these FatPlate products, along with some lessons from your local pro to ensure that you are practicing the right things. I managed to get on really well with the FatPlate and the FatPlate Lite, but I found it hard to adjust to the FatPlate Sand, with my clubface hitting the sand at the wrong points (too far behind the ball) giving me inconsistencies but when I managed catching the sand 1 or 2 inches behind the ball the results were far more consistent. A little tweak and a guidance from a PGA Professional and you will sure to be the envy of all your friends. The costs seem a little steep at first glance but when you start to dig a little deeper, can you really put a cost on improvement? If you are serious about improving your game and hitting that clean strike time after time, then this is a solid investment that you won’t be disappointed with.
FatPlate Lite: £35
FatPlate Sand: £30
Strikestrip: £14 per 100 or £25 per 250
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