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Heel Shots

Heel Shots are shots that are stuck near the back or "heel" of the club. They are not necessarily hit on the hosel which connects the club shaft to the ball, but just before the hosel. When a ball is struck on the heel as opposed the sweet spot, the ball will lose distance and often curve to the left for right handed players.

Heel Shots Drills

Heel Shots Tips

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  • Make Sure Your Putter Fits Your Stroke

    Get your putter fit!!! In order to develop a consistent putting stroke you need to have a putter that is well fit. That means not only fit to your body, but fit to your stroke as well. If you are constantly hitting the ball on the toe or heel, it will be very tough for you to hit solid putts and build the consistency you need. Also, your putter should match your stroke (arc or straight line). For instance, heel shafted putters as well as mallet styles fit more of an arc stroke.

  • The Sweet Spot is the Key

    Hitting the sweet spot is a must to maximize accuracy and distance with your driver. To check where you are hitting you can buy face tape or face spray at your local golf superstore. If you can't find those simply use a dry erase marker and color the face of your driver. All of these options will show you a nice ball mark on the face where you are making contact. Knowing where you are striking the ball on the face will give you great feedback about your swing.

  • If You Are Shanking Make Sure To Line Up With the Sweet Spot

    If you are shanking, check to make sure that when you set up the ball is exactly in the sweet spot and that you are not aligning it with the heel. You'd be surprised how many players actually start with the ball in the heel and don't realize it. Visually we can get used to doing something wrong very quickly and not even be aware of it. I always say our eyes are like any other muscle in our body and that we need to retrain them or get them back in shape when things start to go wrong.

  • Counteract the Shanks by Striking on the Toe

    If you are shanking, the next time you are at the range, make some swings trying to strike the toe. This will get your swing to move away from the hosel of the club, which is the cause of a shank. I often have my students try to miss the ball completely on the inside to get out of the habit of swinging out too much towards the heel.

  • Let Your Arms Roll

    Make sure to let the club face release or turn over through the ball. This requires you to roll your arms. Holding the face open or trying to lag the club too much can cause you to lead too much with the heel into the ball. In most cases the arms don't release simply because the golfer won't let them. If you relax your arms and let them react to your pivot, they will roll over and square up the clubface.

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