Stop Hitting Golf Toe Shots

Stop Hitting Golf Toe Shots

What Causes a Golf Toe Shot?

The toe shot. We swing at the golf ball and we slightly mishit it every time out towards the toe side. You can generally see the marks where you hit the golf ball and you can see the results because the ball goes a lot shorter. Now what is happening when you hit the toe ball is that the club is pulling inward. The grip is coming in a little, you are pulling in, your arms are bucking a little as you go through and you are not catching the ball right in the center of the clubface.

How to Fix a Golf Toe Shot

A simple cure may be that you are just standing too far away from the ball so make sure that you are standing a comfortable distance to the golf ball and not overextending. But generally, 90% of the time, it is the opposite, where the arms are pulling in and you catch it on the toe. That means that I am lining up here, I come through and I am pulling in somewhat and I catch the toe of the club as I am pulling in to the left. To counteract that you want to have a swing where you are hitting the golf ball and then you feel like you are extending more down the target line and expanding your arms. That would look more like this going through.

Easy Drill for Correcting Golf Toe Shots

From this view a really good drill is to line up to an inside ball and actually swing and hit the outside ball. That is the opposite of what you are doing. That is an expansion of the arms. But it can be done, it just takes a few practice shots before you can get this or do it with a tee. You aim at the inside golf ball and we are going to swing out and catch the outside ball, not this inside one but the outside one. Now that means that you did the opposite. Instead of pulling your arms in you extended your arms. You want to have that feeling of the weight extending the arms and getting some expansion in your swing. That should get you back on the center of the clubface.

About the Instructor
Jim  McLean
Jim  McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL

Jim McLean runs the Jim McLean Golf Schools, considered by some the world's finest. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #3 instructor in the world.


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