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If you’ve identified that you’re having toe or heel divots, we need to know how to be able to cure this particular problem. Now the first place to start and it has to be the first place to start is what your club makeup is. Have you been custom fitted for the irons that you are using? It's amazing that with all the modern technology which is available, so many people just do go into a shop and buy off the shelf. What I would recommend is if you have a set of clubs that you’ve not been fit for or if you are going to get a new set of clubs, make sure that you get custom fit.

Very simply if your club is too toe down, it's going to be causing the toe to hit the ground first. If the club is set up so it’s too much heel down and the toe is up in the air, then the heel is going to be hitting the ground first. And that is something that can be so simply measured just by a decent club fitter using the and using the modern launch monitor technology. So please if you are struggling with this, get your clubs fitted and make sure you are using the right equipment. But there are also drills that you can do to actually see, and actually manage if you are kind of coming too too flat into the ball as well.

Now I’ve got set up here a very, very simple drill. I’ve got three balls and I’ve kind of set them up in a pattern where I’ve got an inside ball, an outside ball and then a middle ball as well. And all I want you to do is just get a bit of a sensation of where your hands are at the point of impact. So really simple, on this back ball, what I want you to do, you don’t need to hit full shots with it. You can hit semi shots. You can hit half shots. It doesn't really matter. But I just want you to get a bit of a sensation of the way you are. So first of all on this first shot, what I want you to do is get yourself set up.

But I want you to actively dip the hands nice and low. Now in a normal shot, this would cause the heel to actually contact the ground first, cause the club to flip over, and send the ball off to the left-hand side. But the whole point of this drill is to set up with the toe up in the sky, the heel more down in the ground. Take it back, but then as you are coming through the ball actually try and get the hands into a position where that leading edge is flat to the ground. Now in a normal game situation, you don’t want to be doing this because there's too many things that can actually go wrong.

But in a practice environment if you can start in this position, take it back but then get the sensation that you are getting it back into a normal position at impact, it will start to teach your hands where they need to be in the point of impact. On the second ball, very simply just get yourself set up in a nice normal position. So the club face is nice and square to the target, the actual leading edge nice and square to the ground. Take it back and through, try and hit the ball, nice normal shot. And on the last shot, try the opposite of the first ball.

Try and get that toe right up on to the ground, the heel lifting up into the air. And as you take it back, try and return it again to a normal impact position. All this will do, it will teach you where you need to be at the point of impact. This drill combined with proper club fitting should help to solve the heel and the toe divots.