Top 2 Tips on Toe Golf Shots
Hitting a toe shot is probably one of the most frustrating shots in the game of golf. It can cause a world of ball-striking issues, mainly poor contact and faulty distance. I have battled this for a short period of time during my career, and I can attest to the frustration it does cause. During this section, I will cover what actually causes you to hit the toe shot, and provide some drills to correct this mistake. I will provide you with what I have actually applied throughout my career, and what has helped me to fix this aggravating swing flaw. Although there are hundreds of articles that claim to be the cure all, they usually are based off of the “text-book” mentality, while I will be providing you with that I have been using… textbook or not.
First, I want to cover what actually causes you to hit the toe shot. Generally the toe shot occurs when the arms get too close to the body as the club reaches the golf ball. This “pull” motion will cause the golf club to move to close to the body, and farther away from the golf ball than it is intended to be… resulting in the toe shot we all have grown to hate. This is the most common cause of the toe shot, and it is understandable because mentally you are trying to pull your arms in to lift the golf ball higher. Although this is something that the brain causes you to do, we can work around this and provide a permanent fix.
The drill that I want you to focus on to correct the toe shot is what most call the “tee drill.” When you are on the range, I want you to stick two tees into the ground about a club head apart. I want you to set up to the tee that’s closer to you, but focus on swinging at the one farther away. This drill is designed to flatten your path downswing, and will allow for you to extend your arms through impact. This motion is extremely vital to you correcting the toe shot, and it will ensure you are keeping the club on the correct path around your body. During this drill, really keep your focus on the extension of your arms, which will keep you from bringing the club head too close to your body… ultimately eliminating the toe shot from your swing.
Although the actual swing path is vital to correcting this issue, the placement of the club throughout the golf swing is just as important. If you are not getting the club parallel to the ground and pointing the club head upwards at the correct moment, then you are bringing in the possibility of the beautiful toe shot we all dread. To ensure you are keeping the club head pointed correctly, simply take the club back halfway and stop. From here, look at your club and make sure it is pointing upwards… if not, make the necessary adjustment and proceed from there. Now, do the exact same thing on the follow through – the club head should be pointing straight up when you are halfway done with the follow through. Stop, check where it is pointing, and proceed from here.
I will be completely honest, these two drills may sound easy, but they will take plenty of hard work to bring to perfection. As with every golf tip I have provided thus far, practice is key to any tweak you make to your game. You will need to dedicate ample time and effort to correct the toe shot, and ultimately remove it from your game for good. I will leave you with one challenge before writing off the previous tips I have provided: Dedicate three days to these two drills, especially the drill focusing on the club head throughout the swing. These will take a lot of focus and training to ensure they have been executed to the max. During the three days, I want all focus on the range given to the tee drill and the club head drill. Really focus on hitting the ball with solid contact, and pay attention to where you are making contact on the face of the club. If you need to, go to the local golf store and pick up some contact tape. This tape will show you where you are making contact on the club face, and really help you in implementing the previous drills. After you have dedicated a full three days to this correction, take to the course and relish in your work. During your first round back out, really pay attention to where you are hitting the ball on the club face, and how solid your contact is.