Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 505 - Wed. May 9th, 2018
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Hitting Off The Toe
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Hitting Off The Toe

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Q: Hi Tom, I cleaned my clubs today and notice I'm striking my shots more towards the toe then the center of my club. All I can think of is I'm not standing close enough to the ball along with concentrating on good shoulder turn (towels under my armpits).

Do you have a fix?


Rich B.

A: Thanks for the question Rich.

Your question is unusual - not in that you are not hitting the center of the clubface - rather that you are hitting it more frequently on the toe than the heel. I would say that 85% of my students that hit off center do so towards the heel rather than the toe.

When your mis-hit is towards the heel you lose more distance exponentially than when your mis-hit is towards the toe, but with either type of miss your accuracy will suffer.

Your thought of not standing close enough might be the answer, but I'm thinking that you are just naturally pre-disposed to hitting it towards the toe.

If setting up closer to the ball doesn't resolve your strike pattern, try these fixes to move the strike towards the center of the clubface.
  • Swing with a little more weight on your toes. A drill you can do to feel that is taking practice swings with a 2"x4" board under your heels. (NOTE: if you have the problem of hitting it closer to the heel of the face than the toe, take practice swings with your toes on a 2"x4" board)

  • Set up a gate with tees and swing through the gate to force a center hit. Position the ball so that it will be a center face strike.

    Set the tees closer as you become more proficient with your strike.

  • Use foot spray powder on the face of your club to monitor each swing to see where contact is being made.

    Or, you can do the opposite - put a dot of dry erase marker ON THE BALL, position the dot so that you'll make contact in that area when you make your swing, then observe where the dot appears on the face after your strike.

    This is a bit more time consuming than using foot spray, but personally I prefer it because you'll see a very precise strike pattern on the face of the club. I actually use a smaller dot than pictured above, and it leaves a smaller but very precise mark on the clubface.
Practicing this way should solve your problem Rich. Keep me posted on your results! Thanks, Tom


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
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Cell: (716) 474-3005

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