Need some advise. Played 18 today. First 9 went well. The back 9 I started
to hit a lot of shots of the toe sending the ball extremely right. any
There are two culprits which are most likely causing the toe hits.
The first is a slight shortening of the arms during the downswing. If there
is any attempt to "steer" the club through the impact area, often times this
will result in one or both arms becoming soft or becoming slightly shorter.
The obvious cure for this is to maintain full arm extension through the
impact area and well after the ball is hit. One of the easiest ways to
accomplish this is to visualize the clubhead passing through the impact area
in an exaggerated path from "in" to "out". Pretend like you are going to
swing through the ball and propel it to the extreme right (right-handed) of
your target. If the ball is the face of a clock, think about trying to
contact it at about the 4 or 5 o'clock position.
The second thing which may be causing the toe hit, is excessive movement of
the head. The head is not "stock still" during the golf swing --it follows
the movement of the spine. But if you consciously move the head (by itself)
early in the downswing, it will also move the spine, which moves the
shoulders, and will cause a hit out on the end of the clubhead. (If you're
looking up that is; now if you dip or lower your head, you can cause a fat
hit or one on the heel of the clubhead.)
Sometimes just knowing what can cause the toe hits will be enough for you to
rectify the error. Good luck.
...a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
You've just got a case of the Sammy's from Alabamy, bring on the Eggs
and Hammy Mamy... Just something my group says when somebody starts
hitting the dreaded S word.
The SHANKS, your actually hitting the heel of the club....
Set up like you would normally and then before swinging pull the club toard you
so the ball lines up with the toe, As you swing downward, your body and your
mind will want to move to the outside, let it.
I've used this method for years, and to be honest I hit the ball squarely more
often then when I use a normal setup. I use this mostly just for drives,
usually in cases where I am setting up to draw.
Sam's got some good suggestions. Here's another. I think what you're doing
is what is called "coming out of the shot". Venturi sometimes describes
shots this way. Primary cause is not staying down throughout the backswing
until past impact.
<P>Regards and good golf,
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