What does FatPlate do?
FatPlate encourages you to bring your strike-point closer to the ball (giving you that crucial ‘ball then turf’ descending strike) and also allows you to work on your swing mechanics in all weather conditions and on all surfaces. Work on your long irons & chipping at the range, practice area or even at home!
As the synthetic turf strike-zone is the same level as the polycarbonate, FatPlate allows for ANY iron to be hit from the tightest/most furthest-back ball position (number 3) whilst using the correct descending angle for that given club (without necessitating a steepening of the angle of attack).
In addition to the auditory response given, if the low point of your swing is behind the ball, this FatPlate model gives the most precise visual feedback for both path & strike point when used in conjunction with StrikeStrips™.
Who is FatPlate for?
Everyone! FatPlate is used by & is suitable for tour pros, teaching pros and recreational golfers of all abilities.
As FatPlate & FatPlate Lite provide exactly the same action in encouraging the low point of the swing arc to be after the ball, the FatPlate model that is most right for you is not dependant on your ability but rather upon your personal practice routine and personal preference. For additional information to help to decide, please take a look at the features & benefits and FAQs.
FatPlate focuses on muscle memory & allows you to continually strike the ball off the synthetic turf strike-zone when used in practice drills in conjunction with other training equipment, as no divots are created. Swing, hit, evaluate feedback, adapt, repeat.
Do you need StrikeStrips?
In addition to the auditory response given by the new FatPlate Lite, if the low point of your swing is behind the ball, StrikeStrips™ give precise visual feedback of both path & strike point. But remember, you're not supposed to mark them. Keep it clean!
*Due to local Customs, rolls of 250 StrikeStrips currently only ship within the UK. Non-UK customers please purchase StrikeStrip packs (of 100). Please see FAQs for further information.
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What The Pro's Say
The FatPlate is a great device to address the single biggest issue that all amateur golfers face: poor ground contact. As an instructor, I love the way it provides instant feedback. I’m seeing my pupils improve their ground contact quicker than ever - sometimes within 2 or 3 swings.
PGA Professional & Author of The Practice Manual - The Ultimate Guide for Golfers
A huge part of my coaching is about impact. Achieving a downward angle of attack is exactly what we’ve been helping golfers to do for years (here at the academy) and the instant and unmistakeable feedback given by FatPlate really helps to deliver that message
European Tour Professional & Coach
Very rarely, if ever, do I work with a student who couldn’t benefit by improving their strike. For any golfer to improve feedback is essential, FatPlate allows both myself and the student to instantly asses how the club was delivered to the ball after each shot.
Director of Coaching at HIT Golf Academy
People have asked me how does an NFL quarterback learn to take PGA tour-like divots and I simply respond “The FatPlate” The easiest, most realistic golf-aid on the market!
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Full product spec
- White keyline around the strike-zone offers focus* encouraging you to bring your strike-point closer to the ball
- 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 (*to draw focus, as mentioned above)
- As the synthetic turf strike-zone is the same level as the polycarbonate, it allows for even the longest irons to be hit from the tightest/most furthest back ball position (number 3) using the correct angle of attack for the given club (without necessitating a reopening of the angle of attack).
- Toughened polycarbonate gives auditory feedback when struck
- Can be used with StrikeStrips™ in order to offer additional, visual strike point & path feedback
- Synthetic strike-zone allows you to practice on any surface in any conditions.
- Set up on natural grass with path training aids & hit repeat shots without having to move your position or practice equipment.
- Ball can be positioned either by club selection or level of difficulty.
- The numbered markings can also be used to work on altering the trajectory (height) of the golfers ball flight by changing their dynamic loft at impact.
- In addition to the auditory response given if the low point of your swing is behind the ball, this FatPlate model gives the most precise visual feedback for both path & strike point when used in conjunction with StrikeStrips™.
- 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
- Tour professionals are using FatPlate as part of their tournament practice routines whilst PGA teaching professionals are using them as part of their daily lessons.
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
I tend to make really deep divots, which FatPlate will help me stop digging down so far?
Whilst both FatPlate & FatPlate Lite help to bring the swing’s low point farther forward, the FatPlate model is more suitable for you as a key benefit of FatPlate is that it also allows players to work on arc height without necessitating a steep angle of attack (the cause of your deep divots).
In my experience training aids like this cause the player to raise their swing arc & thin the ball?
We agree that golfers can often react in the wrong way when facing the unknown & initially not work with the training aid instinctively e.g. when plaeced with an obstacle to miss the mind can often auotmatically instruct the arms to ‘pull-up’.
The first thing to realise is that the sole of the club HAS to hit the turf. Without a ball, try to ensure that you make contact with the turf and miss the plate. When you are comfortable & consistent at brushing the turf (anywhere in front of the polycarbonate) then introduce a ball on the furthest forward ball position (number 1) and try to repeat you swing (we suggest that you initially use a wedge. As your skill & consistency level increases you can then use the numbers 2 & 3 ball postion as a progression of difficulty.
Do the StrikeStrips sit above the height of the turf area?
No, the StrikeStrips are wafer thin and actually sit around 0.5mm lower than the synthetic @TigerTurf strikezone.
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 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).
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.
Yarn Type: Texturised
Stitches (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.
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.)
StrikeStrip Removal - Atmospheric conditions
StrikeStrips are produced on an ‘easy-peel’ paper but easy removal is dependent on time left in position & local atmospheric conditions. Tip: If it doesn’t remove without leaving residue, simply apply warm soapy water or spray with household furniture polish & leave for a few minutes.
Do the StrikeStrips have to be replaced?
Yes but StrikeStrips™ are easy-peel so are just removed from the FatPlate when they become fully marked. They are available from our website – www.fatplate.golf – in rolls of 250 or packs or 100 but as your ‘ball then turf’ skill level increases, you should mark the StrikeStrips™ less frequently.
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 or Hannah in Customer Services us a line email@example.com
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 – *applicable for the next day service.)
*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
Why can’t I call to discuss my delivery query?
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 a line firstname.lastname@example.org and they will aim to respond within 24 hours.
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 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.