What does FatPlate Shank do?
Three drills. One FatPlate. No more Shanks! Developed with highly specialised PGA teaching professionals, FatPlate Shank brings together 3 anti-shank drills on a FatPlate:
- Drill 1: Peg Strike
- Drill 2: Toe Strike
- Drill 3: Heel/Hosel Set-up Strike
- Drill 4 (The Goal!) : Centred Strike between the tee-pegs*
*Encouraged by completion of drills 1, 2 & 3, the ultimate goal of FatPlate Shank is for you to be able to achieve a clean strike using a standard centred set up (ball in the centre of the club face) whilst swinging through & missing the tee pegs in position.
Who is FatPlate Shank for?
Everyone! FatPlate is widely used by teaching professionals at elite golf centres* worldwide as a consistent, effective and professional alternative to using bottles of water & head covers in their instruction.
Recreational golfers have been using FatPlate Shank to fix ‘el hosels’ at the range, practice area & even at home!
Credit: Taylor Made
True Fit Golf Centre
Credit: Taylor Made
True Fit Golf Centre
Credit: Taylor Made
True Fit Golf Centre
Credit: Taylor Made
True Fit Golf Centre
What The Pro's Say
FatPlate Shank has certainly made a big difference and allows me to deliver shank drills in a professional & effective looking manner without using waterbottles or headcovers!.
Regional Manager for England Golf, PGA Professional & Golf Psychology Coach & BASES Accredited Sports Psychologist
FatPlate Shank review is available on my YouTube channel.
I’ve tested lots of training aids & unfortunately most get used once then placed on the shelf. However, with the FatPlate it’s a product that I carry and use on a continued basis, it provides fantastic feedback for improvement and fault rectification. It’s the most versatile training aid on the market that not only offers the use for all clubs in the bag but can also be used in all areas of live; Driving range, practice area, garden, office (the list goes on). No need to look any further FATPLATE provides it all!
Equipment Editor Golfhacker Magazine
Full product spec
- Gives four easy-to-follow anti-shank drills.
- Supplied with two sets of different sized wooden tee-pegs. Tip: Save the broken tee pegs from your next round & use them for your FatPlate Shank practice.
- Synthetic strike-zone allows you to practice on any surface.
- Designed to fit into a standard size golf bag.
- Carry handle allows for ease of portability.
- Highest quality synthetic turf has been sourced in order to give the best possible feel when struck.
- Grass effect surface pattern has been designed to be sympathetic to both a golf environment & the synthetic strike-zone turf whilst offering effective contrast against both.
- Set up on natural grass with path training aids & hit repeat shots without having to move your position or practice equipment.
Frequently Asked Questions
The height of the plate raises the ball very slightly above my feet when practicing at the range. Does this mean I’m not practicing the shots I’d face on the course?
The height of the FatPlate is actually one of its main benefits. Due to the very nature of the landscape of golf courses, virtually every fairway shot during a round of golf will have the ball either + or – relative to stance, making your practice strikes off a perfectly level range matt the LEAST most likely shot you’re likely to face!
The law of average suggests that during any given round of golf 33.33% of shots would be perfectly relative to stance but in reality, the percentage would be nowhere near 33.33%. As an example we conducted a test on a ‘flat’ fairway and measured with a laser level 100 balls driven onto that fairway – the results concluded that only 2% were perfectly relative (within a reasonable & acceptable tolerance) to stance when addressed.
The best golfers are adaptable, adapting to changeable natural factors for each and every shot. With this is mind it’s a great idea as part of your practice routine to place the FatPlate at varying heights (e.g. off the range mat whilst you stand on the mat) whilst also altering your grip/hand placement on the club accordingly, just as you would on the course.
If you have any more queries then please feel free to drop Ben Frost a line. Ben is Senior Coach at The PGA National Golf Academy at the The Belfry & we’re now delighted to have him on board at FatPlate as Director of Golf Product Development and Instruction. firstname.lastname@example.org
On your videos I notice that when the FatPlate is struck it slides slightly forward. Will this affect my strike?
No your strike won’t be affected, quite the opposite in fact. When the FatPlate ’slides’ towards the target it actually replicates the forward motion of how the ground would react in the same way that a ‘ball then turf’ descending strike creates a divot on natural grass.
As I’d probably hit the first 100 shots fat with the FatPlate, how will my clubs fare bouncing off of the body (assume plastic)?
Should you hit the body of the FatPlate your club will simply bounce through to impact without causing damage to the club nor FatPlate.
Can I use FatPlate in all weather conditions?
Yes. But when not in use FatPlate must be stored indoors in order to provide normal device function & effective application.
The turf on my FatPlate has started to become frayed at the front. Is this normal?
Whilst the main body of the turf-pad is extremely resistant to wear (having been strike-tested for 1000s of hours without showing any signs of flattening or loosening of the pile, the lead (open) edge, in time, may become frayed if a ‘ball then turf’ strike is consistently achieved. Any fraying of the lead edge won’t doesn’t affect the use of the FatPlate and is normal wear and tear for the product.
Sometimes during the manufacturing process the cut line goes through the turf’s pile stitch/weave which can then cause a small amount of fraying to occur after only a few practice sessions. Again, any fraying of the lead edge doesn’t affect the use & function of the FatPlate and is purely cosmetic. If this fraying does immediately occur after use please contact email@example.com (quoting your order number). Replacement Turf-Pads will also soon be available on our website.
Does the FatPlate Turf get beat down and matted from repetitive strikes?
FatPlate’s fairway Turf-Pad has been sourced from one of the World’s leading synthetic turf manufacturers & has been strike-tested for 1000s of hours without showing any significant signs of flattening or loosening of the pile.
As we cannot test based upon all climatic & storage situations, we have bonded the Turf-Pad with an acrylic adhesive that not only provides a high bond strength but also allows for removal and replacement if required. Replacement Turf-Pads will soon be available.
Yarn Type: Texturised
Sti tches (m²): 39220
Backing Cloth: High strength, dual layer fleeced backing
Backing Compound: High performance latex compound, specifically designed for sports products and bespoke to TigerTurf
Fibrillated: Manufactured as a tape that is perforated lengthways to create a strong lattice structure which splits down with use to produce a multi-fibre appearance.
Texturized: Straight monofilament yarn
Polypropylene (PP): Firm, resilient and robust.
What sort of guarantee is there for the plate, especially for the lifetime of the grass section?
We are only able to offer the standard guarantee that statutory rights offers consumers as we simply cannot test based upon all climatic & storage situations.
Through rigorous R&D with the World’s largest adhesive manufacturers (3M) we have been able to achieve the impossible and make the strike-zone both permanent & removable. The Turf-Pad is bonded with an acrylic gel adhesive that not only provides a high bond strength but also allows for removal and replacement if required. Replacement Turf-Pads will soon be available on our website.
Can I / how do I replace my turf-pad?
These step-by-step instructions for replacing the turf-pad will be available to download from our website in pdf format as soon as turf-pads become available for general sale Summer 2018.
- Peel the old turf-pad off the FatPlate.
- Remove any rubberised adhesive that’s left on the FatPlate (it rolls/lifts/rubs off quite easily).
- Clean strike-zone recessed area with the alcohol wipe (supplied).
- Remove the backing from the new turf-pad.
- Place new turf-pad in position and apply pressure in order to agitate the gel tape. (Household items such as a rolling pin or a can of tinned food works really well when rolled over the turf’s surface.)
- Leave 48 hours for adhesive to fully cure. (The adhesive will immediately form a strong bond but takes up to 48 hours to achieve maximum adhesion so please refrain from use for 48 hours
If you have any problems please just drop Customer Services us a line firstname.lastname@example.org (quoting your name & order number.)
Due to the 24hr a day global nature of our sales we prefer to operate Customer Services via email.
For all order related enquiries please drop Vicky & Hannah in Customer Services us a line email@example.com and they will aim to respond within 24 hours.
Do you ship Worldwide?
Yes we ship worldwide from here in England. Simply select your required currency from the currency drop down list at the top of the website and then just add any items you would like to the cart. At check out you can then select and input your address to calculate shipping costs.
If you have any problems please just drop Vicky in Customer Services us a line firstname.lastname@example.org
How long will my delivery take?
Shipments to the United Kingdom
Royal Mail Tracked 24 – Next working day* parcel delivery with online tracking
Royal Mail Tracked 48 – 2-3 day parcel delivery with online tracking
(Orders placed up to 15:00 Mon-Fri, despatched the same day)
*Delivery Aim for Royal Mail Tracked 24 is the next working day but deliveries to certain postcode areas may take longer.
Shipments within Europe
Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed – 2-5 Working Days delivery with online tracking
Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed – 5-7 Working Days with online tracking
Notes for US Customers
We aim to have all US deliveries arrive at US Customs within 48 hours of despatch. Although we have no control over the time it takes US Customs to process shipments and pass them on to your local US courier, we have found that shipments are generally taking 5-10 days from order placement
Import Duties and Taxes: Import duties and local taxes are not included in the product price or shipping and handling cost and may be collected upon delivery from the carriers for certain packages. These charges are the recipient’s responsibility as we are only charging the transportation fee for the packages. You may check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be if applicable
Do I need a PayPal account to check out?
No a PayPal account is not needed in order to make payment.
We accept both PayPal and card payments on our website. You can use your regular credit or debit card to make payment and PayPal just acts as the merchant gateway in the same way that Worldpay, Sagepay or any other payment gateway would.
I need to change my delivery address, how do I do this?
Due to the 24hr a day global nature of our sales we operate Customer Services via email.
For all order related enquiries please drop Vicky & Hannah in Customer Services us a line email@example.com and they will aim to respond within 24 hours and help you with your query.
What the launch monitor says...
Extensive testing with an industry leading launch monitor was carried out during during development of the FatPlate range to ensure that appropriate attack angles were achievable.