Top 2 Tips on Toe Golf Shots
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.


Hitting toe shots in golf can be frustrating and lead to inconsistent ball flights. To help improve your performance and minimize toe shots, here are two essential tips:

  1. Proper Grip and Setup: A correct grip and setup are crucial for consistent ball striking. Ensure your grip is neutral, with the club's shaft aligned with the fingers of your lead hand (left hand for right-handed golfers). Avoid gripping too tightly, as it can restrict the club's natural movement during the swing. Additionally, position the ball correctly in your stance; for irons, it should be just ahead of the center of your stance.
  2. Maintain Balance and Stay Connected: Toe shots often result from an overly handsy or disconnected swing. Focus on maintaining balance throughout your swing and keeping your body and arms working together. Avoid excessive wrist movement during the takeaway and downswing. One helpful drill is to practice swinging with your feet close together, which promotes better rotation and connected movement.

Remember that making swing changes takes time and practice. If you continue to struggle with toe shots, consider seeking advice from a golf instructor who can analyze your swing and provide personalized feedback to address the issue effectively.


Q1: What are toe golf shots? A1: Toe golf shots refer to shots where the ball is struck on the toe of the clubhead instead of the center. This can result in inconsistent ball flight and reduced distance.

Q2: What causes toe golf shots? A2: Toe golf shots are often caused by an off-center strike due to various swing faults. Common causes include a faulty grip, improper setup, swaying during the swing, or an overly steep or outside-in swing path.

Q3: How can I fix toe golf shots? A3: To fix toe golf shots, start by checking your grip and setup. Ensure your grip is neutral and the clubface is square to the target at address. Practice taking a more centered stance and maintaining balance throughout the swing.

Q4: Are there any drills to improve ball striking and reduce toe shots? A4: Yes, there are several drills you can try. One effective drill is placing a tee just outside the toe of the club and trying to make swings without hitting the tee. This helps promote a more centered strike.

Q5: Can equipment influence toe shots? A5: Yes, using clubs that are not properly fitted to your swing can contribute to toe shots. Consider getting a club fitting to ensure your equipment suits your game.

Q6: How can I develop better contact with the center of the clubface? A6: Work on your swing tempo and rhythm to find a smooth and consistent motion. Focus on making a full shoulder turn and maintaining good posture throughout the swing.

Q7: Are toe shots more common with specific clubs? A7: Toe shots can happen with any club, but they might be more noticeable with longer irons and woods due to the larger clubhead size.

Q8: What role does weight transfer play in reducing toe shots? A8: Proper weight transfer and rotation are crucial for a centered strike. Work on shifting your weight smoothly and turning your hips and shoulders through impact.

Q9: Should I take a divot to improve my ball striking? A9: Taking a divot after the ball can indicate that you are striking the ball with a descending blow, which is ideal for iron shots. However, not all golfers take divots, and it's not a requirement for good ball striking.

Q10: Can practicing with impact tape or face spray help identify toe shots? A10: Yes, using impact tape or face spray can provide visual feedback on where you are striking the ball on the clubface and help identify toe shots.

Q11: Should I aim differently to compensate for toe shots? A11: While compensating for toe shots with alignment adjustments may provide temporary relief, it's best to work on correcting the swing issue to achieve more consistent results.

Q12: Can physical limitations contribute to toe shots? A12: Yes, certain physical limitations or restrictions in your flexibility and mobility can affect your swing mechanics and lead to toe shots. Regular stretching and exercises to improve golf-specific movements can be beneficial.

Q13: How often should I practice to eliminate toe shots? A13: Improvement takes time and consistent practice. Regularly dedicating time to work on your swing mechanics and ball striking can help reduce toe shots over time.

Q14: Is it essential to work with a golf instructor to fix toe shots? A14: While it's possible to make swing improvements on your own, working with a qualified golf instructor can provide valuable guidance and feedback tailored to your specific needs.

Q15: Can mental factors contribute to toe shots? A15: Yes, mental factors like tension, anxiety, or lack of focus can affect your swing and lead to off-center strikes. Staying relaxed and focused can help improve ball striking.