– Hi Adam Bazalgette here
in sunny Naples, Florida. I’m two-time PGA Teacher Of
The Year award winner here. A long time David Leadbetter associate. Today’s subject, how to
stop hitting toe shots. Stay tuned. (rhythmic beat music) So how to stop hitting toe shots. They can really plague your game. They’ll rob you of not only accuracy, but certainly distance. We’ll have a look at what I think is the leading cause of those today. Kind of flush out how
you might work on that. If you like the video please
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every aspect of the game including one-on-one
Internet lessons with me. Okay, let’s get started. So there’s a number of things that could cause you to
hit the ball on the toe. Certainly you could stand
too far from the ball. It’s possible as well to lose your balance and straighten up away
from it a little bit. That’ll make you hit it out on the toe. But I think the most common one and the one we really wanna tackle today, and that’s the one where the club’s coming from outside the target line
to inside the target line. And what happens is, the club’s
moving closer to you as hit and your arms are getting shorter, and it is very easy to catch
it out there in the toe. Let’s have a look from that angle. So you could also say
as we look from here, that the swing’s too wide
on that side of the ball and consequently we’ll start to get narrow on this side of the ball. You often see this chicken wing kind of pulled in look with the arms. Again, the fact of the matter is if the club’s moving too much towards you and if your arms are getting
a little shorter as you hit, there’s a good chance you’re
gonna catch it on the toe. Let’s look at a couple of
great players in action here. And I’ll show you here the
kinda look that you want. So there’s Lydia Ko,
number one ladies player. And if we look at her downswing, let’s say midway down she’s just at the outer edge
of that KIA sign up there, right at the right-front headlight. Now compare that position with out there. So look how much wider she is here than she was on the downswing. So, that’s what we’re shooting for. Narrow to wide. And that’ll get the bottom of your swing in front of the ball, but it prevents you pulling in and cutting it off the toe there. So here’s Dustin Johnson. Now what we’re not saying is, I’m not saying the club comes, if that’s the target line
right there, I estimate. I’m not saying, the top club comes from the inside to the outside. What I am saying is, it
comes from the inside and sustains down the
line a little longer. It doesn’t wipe in there too close. And you can see his hands are
up away from it a little bit at that point right after
contact, that contact. That’s part of that narrow toe-wide look, and you can get out there and
hit it solidly doing that. So as we start to look
at how to work on it, here’s one of the best
suggestions I could give you. Listen, there’s a lot of facets that can cause someone
to get a little wide, and get a little chicken wing. But we’re gonna focus on what you could feel right down here, that would make a difference for you. And I would set up a couple of golf balls so you’ve got affectively an
imaginary ball in the middle and just practice striking
the turf a little bit more over here in front of
that imaginary golf ball. And of course, we’re not allowing you to get steeped to do that. We’ll take that piece of
information for granted. But if you can strike the
turf further over here, it basically means the club
had to be closer to you there, and would have to be getting
wider in this position. This is just a fact of geometry, you can’t have the swing
super-wide on both sides, nor can you really have it
super-narrow on both sides. It’s gonna tend to be wider on one side and narrower on the other, and we want wide there and narrow here. So this is a great drill,
brushing the ground over there, then just bring a golf ball over and work on it a little bit. And you can see I could hit
the ground on that side. And again, we’re just dealing with this little component of the swing. But if you can get the right feel here, there’s a good chance other things are gonna start to sort
themselves out too. Let me show you a view from over here. And a little trick with your wrist as well that might help you accomplish this. So again, I’m gonna practice
my sense of hitting the ground as far out there as I can. And that fosters the
feeling of narrow to wide. Now let me just reiterate again, we’re not trying to swing in-to-out, we’re trying to swing from
the inside nice and wide up the target line, before it
start’s to come around a lot. Let me give you one little tip here. If you struggled a great deal
with coming across the ball, a lot of people have, hey there’s a lot of things
that can be causing it. But when you work on it on this scale, and this would be great for
people hitting it off the toe, try to feel that about
a foot after contact, the handle of the club
is higher a little bit. Not dramatically higher,
just a little bit. And we don’t wanna feel
that by raising the body, but by feeling that as the wrists unhinge, they arch a little bit. Believe me, if you can
arch them a little bit it really keeps the club head out there. So, fiddle with that on a small scale. And again, just practice it. See if you can get the proper feel. That’s nice and high with the handle. Hit myself a little draw. Felt like the club was nice and wide and stayed on the line
for a little bit there as I went through. Well I hope that’s helpful for you on how to stop hitting toe shots. If you like the video,
please leave a comment below. Subscribe to the channel, would love to get you more free content, is my website. We do one-on-one Internet
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  1. Gary Guerrero says:

    Great video Adam!

  2. Daniel Coxon says:

    easy to understand tuition, just wish I was younger and more flexible to take advantage.
    Aahh so!

  3. Dallas Dash Cam Guy says:

    That grass is perfect. Almost too pretty to mess up

  4. Shaun A says:

    great video, very helpful

  5. Ed Tollway says:

    DJ should never be used as a reference for a golf swing. Period.

  6. BPgaming says:

    Sounds good Thanks Adam. I notice there has been longer layoffs between videos. The only reason I know this is because I watched every video you made! 🙂

  7. BPgaming says:

    Question Adam:
    Have you seen Phil Mickelson's short game videos? if so, how much of it do you agree with?

  8. girish rithvik KR says:

    Sir I am 17 handicap how long it would take to become scratch

  9. Arvind Das says:

    Got it

  10. EJ McMahon says:

    Thanks Adam- good video. I've been hitting my longer 7-3 irons on the toe and my golf club fitter told me I needed 2 degrees upright so waiting for new Calloway Steelheads to come in but will try your approach as honestly I don't see the same issue with my shorter irons…

  11. Maluk Ayom Kok says:

    The great King Arnold Palmer, loved people who could handle themselves inside and outside the course and he gave them thumbs up. It makes sad when people give Adam thumbs down. His teaching is just classic.

  12. Ice Logger says:

    Thank you very much. It is always clear, concise, and simple to understand your tips.

  13. Walter Dean says:

    Thank you for this. I really find your teaching communicates the practical application of the knowledge.

  14. culture says:

    brilliant tip. it works. could not figure why i was hitting the ball so horriblely. back to being a happy golfer again. thanks Adam.

  15. culture says:

    "can't have the swing super-wide on both sides" "it's geometry" best tip i ever saw. the slow-mo clips of the Pro's really drives it home. pun intended.

  16. golfergal says:

    really helpful. I hit several "toe" shots and could completely understand how to use your drills to help me.

  17. Jose Martinez says:

    Thank you Sir! As usual great job teaching and explaining it.

  18. Demir Mirza says:

    Mr Adam i changed my left hand grip to little strong, but my divots always some deg right no problem of coming over the top in my swing i always create lag in to out path for sure but still hitting big hook with driver because of toe strike n long irons as well please help toe hitting is the main problem of my game i always get solid strike when i catch up the sweet spot.

  19. Bill Tate says:

    Best explanation toe hits I’ve seen. Best drill

  20. Just Golf Swing says:

    U r brilliant

  21. Frank says:

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us amateurs with great lessons and drills. I for one really appreciate it!

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  23. matthew orge says:

    With my driver especially, I hit toe hooks. Like 40-50 yard hooks

  24. Mark Zola81 says:

    My 7 year old girl has been playing since she was 3 at least 4 times a week,shes a good standard but is starting to do this,she's really getting frustrated

  25. Mike Eastridge says:

    Thank you. this is working for me. Great simple drill.

  26. Wallace Nelson says:

    Is that Bay Colony? Also could be Mediterra judging by the shirt.

  27. Steve Kay says:

    You just saved me a couple hundred dollars worth of lessons. Wide backswing makes your follow through skinny and vice versa…. great stuff!

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