Tip From the Archives
Hitting off of the Heel
You might be attempting to aim right of the target but find yourself heeling the ball or are shanking the ball with flight towards the right.
This is most commonly caused by shifting your weight towards your toes, causing your arms to push the club away from your body. Another possible cause is from raising your body at the midpoint of your swing then trying to pull the club down for a shallower downswing. If you notice that your back elbow is pushing into your hip, do not allow yourself to violently pull the club down with your hands in attempt to shallow out your downswing. Instead, try to allow your lower body lead the downswing and this will pull your upper body down so the center of the clubface will make contact with the ball instead of the heel of the club.
Focus on placing more of your body weight onto your heels while you swing. A good drill to help break you of the habit of hitting off of the heel of the club is to practice hitting off of a sidehill lie so that the ball is above your feet. The toe of the club will lead the club at impact while swinging on an in-to square-in path instead of the in-to-out path.