The club hits the ground first and then the ball, causing the ball to fly much shorter than planned.
You keep hitting the ball fat or you are hitting into the ground before contacting ball.
You hit the ball fat or hit the ground instead of the ball when trying to chip the ball up onto the green.
You are having difficulty pitching and cannot pinpoint the problem.
You decelerate your swing during short shots or try to scoop the ball up while pitching, only to find that the ball flies short. Another possible cause of a fat pitch is that you are only shifting your hips and your upper body stays behind the ball; the club will then bottom out too soon for a thin or fat contact.
You scoop the ball with your wedges in attempt to get the ball airborne but just the opposite happens. This causes you to hit the ball thin or fat.
You shank, top, or hit the ball thin because you jerk the club or the clubhead is taking an upswing instead of a downward blow.
You are flubbing your pitches because you are either slowing down during your downswing or the ball is placed too far forward in your stance.
The clubhead digs into the ground before contact, causing the ball to fly short. If your swing decelerates during your forward swing, it will cause your hands to fall too far behind the clubhead at impact and you will duff the ball.
The ball skips or hits the ground when teeing off before it rises into the air. Very often, this is because the person favors their irons, where they are used to making more of a downward blow at impact.