It doesn’t matter what type of golfer you are, professional or amateur, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as hitting the ball directly in the center of the face of your club. There’s nothing quite like that satisfying resonance through your arms and the good solid sound of the ball taking off. But for a lot of us, that particular feeling and sound can be incredibly difficult to make.
You may ask why you are hitting the toe and heel of your golf club, and the answer is quite simple, especially considering that the heel and toe are less than 1 inch from the center of the face of the club. Even the pros have a very difficult time hitting this sweet spot. It’s not an easy game at all, that’s for sure. So let’s talk a little bit more about why you are hitting the toe and heel of your golf club, and the things that you can do to try to fix it.
A really effective tip is to spray any type of aerosol powder, such as the sprays used to treat athlete’s foot, on the face of your club before taking a shot. This way, you can see exactly where the ball impacted the face. You might also using face tape for the same purpose, but often times this can affect the spin of the ball and get it off course.
The first most important thing is to make sure that your clubs are the correct length and also to make sure that you’re standing at enough distance to be compatible with the length and shape of your swing. If you have a very rounded, horizontal swing, the head of your club will swing out and away from your hands. If that sounds like you, you should stand further away from the ball.
On the other hand, if the head of your club goes beneath your hands, you’re more likely to have a vertical swing and should stand closer to the ball to achieve the right impact.
When you hit the ball with the toe of your club, the reason that this happens is because it’s impacting more vertically or horizontally than it was when you first started out. It might be useful to you to videotape a few of your shots so that you can go back and analyze them and see if this is true. If this is a problem that you seem to have, one very useful tactic is to try a few shots with the ball above your feet on a side hill lie.
When you’re teeing off if you’re having this problem, start with the head of the club aligned with the ball, slightly off the ground. One other factor is that your grip on the club may be too tight, this is something that we see very frequently. Try loosening up and making your grip a bit more passive and neutral. This will help you to release the club correctly on impact, allowing the ball to contact the exposed center of the face of the club, which will be exposed more often thanks to these tips.
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So what happens if you’re the exact opposite of this? If you suffer a lot from what we call “shanks,” which are hits off the heel of the club, then you’re doing something very similar to people who have a problem with toe hits, but with a few very important differences. Shanks occur most often because you’re making a path with your hand that moves the club outward from your body, or your swing is entirely too wide. If your club were too low at this point, you’d be digging huge chunks of dirt out of the ground. There’s a phrase, “What goes around comes around,” and you should make this sort of your mantra on the course. You’re swinging too flat, which makes you hit the heel far more often.
What you should be doing instead is keeping your hand path under the placement of your shoulders, and pulling your overall swing in much closer to your body. For a good practice, instead of putting a ball on a tee, try doing the opposite. Put the tee on the ball and try to hit it off, this may help you feel more downward, inward swings, which is exactly what you need.
With just these few easy tips, you can easily discover why you are hitting the heel and toe of your golf club.