Exercise to Eliminate Toe Shots From Your Game

By Chuck Cook

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One of the most common problems people have when they hit the ball off the toe is that they have too much clubface rotation both in the backswing and the downswing when they are hitting a shot. What happens is that when they start their takeaway they start opening the club too early getting the face of the club very open, so that when it comes into impact the clubface has to be closed. Often times the closing of the clubface into impact gets the toe of the club there first, causing the ball to be hit off the toe. So there is too much opening and closing below the waist. What you would like to have happen is that you would like for the clubface to stay square to your turn in the first part of the swing. So that as you go back the clubface keeps looking right at the ball rather than opening up and looking away from the ball. Then when you come down, after you make contact, the clubface will keep staying square to the arc on which you are swinging rather than rolling closed. This square to square position through the hitting area is what produces the solid contact that we are looking for. A little drill to get this engrained into your swing is to just make little chip shots, trying to go to the correct position on the backswing and then the correct position on the follow-through. So what I would like for you to do is I would like for you to set up and make a little one third backswing where the face of the club keeps looking at the ball. Come back to the ball and try to hit down on it slightly, feel like you are just going to pinch it against the grass, and then follow-through with the face of the club looking square to the arc on which you are swinging. It would look like this. That is how you catch the ball solidly on the face rather than on the toe.

About the Instructor

Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook Golf Academy
Spicewood, TX 78669
Tel: 512-329-4000