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STOP Toe Strikes (Stay In The Shot For Centered Contact)


Milo Lines: Have you ever struggled with the dreaded toe shot?

Ed Lasater: Yes.

Milo Lines: We see it every day, right?

Ed Lasater: Every single day.

Milo Lines: Well, let’s talk about how to fix it. So first of all, if we want to fix something, we kind of need to know what’s wrong.

Ed Lasater: That’s right.

Milo Lines: So what’s going wrong, Ed?

Ed Lasater: So in most students that I’ve seen is when they come down into impact to extend their arms completely because they don’t want to… Either they don’t. They want to hit it with their hands and arms or they don’t want to turn. They throw their hands and arms. And to make room, they back their chest out and their head out, they stop rotation and they hit it off the toe.

Milo Lines: So the thing that’s happening is their radius basically from here to that ball is changing, right?

Ed Lasater: Yes.

Milo Lines: So they really can’t. A lot of times you’ll see guys who are hitting it off the toe with both arms straight.

Ed Lasater: Yeah, and they’re chest pointing at the ball and there’s no flexion in the pelvis, no flexion in the knees, no nothing.

Milo Lines: Yep.

Ed Lasater: Yep.

Milo Lines: And a lot of times the shaft is coming down pretty steep too.

Ed Lasater: Yeah, they almost have to.

Milo Lines: Yep.

Ed Lasater: Once that shaft is steep, they have to do that.

Milo Lines: So then they start backing up and then they hit it on the toe.

Ed Lasater: Right.

Milo Lines: So if we know that the problem is that the player is getting their center farther from the ball, what’s the solution?

Ed Lasater: Well, depending on one, the person’s face orientation, so their grip and wrist conditions. If we can get them to start the downswing by feeling like they get a little more flex in the right hip to start the downswing, the chest is actually moving down, so the buttons of the shirt actually moves toward the left leg from here, then they can make that corner holding their angles and then releasing over here around the corner.

Milo Lines: So walk me through that. So I’m a player, I made this backswing. What do I have to do to start my down swing?

Ed Lasater: So in your case here you’re going to feel that you actually add a little flexion as you start to turn, turn, turn, turn, turn and now you’re pushing away, away, away, away, away. And now the face never had a chance to flip over and you won’t hit on the toe anymore.

Milo Lines: So this little bit of flexion helps keep me from hitting on the toe?

Ed Lasater: Yep.

Milo Lines: I have to do something to match that up because I know I’m going to get comments on this YouTube video that if my body goes into the ground like that, I’m going to hit it fat.

Ed Lasater: And that’s why I mentioned your grip and your risk conditions. If your risk conditions are matching as you gain flexion you’re not going to hit shanks because this right wrist will be extended and you’ll be turning the door knob a little bit, getting the center of mass behind you.

Milo Lines: So I’m going to be getting the center as mass of this golf club more back here and I’m going to be keeping the hinge, this extension in my trail wrist, which shortens the radius. So now if I actually just turn, you can see I’m not going to hit the ball. So I’m going to have to… That flexion is actually useful.

Ed Lasater: Yeah. And the flexion is not necessarily in just your hip hinge straight down, it’s actually in the knees and the hips altogether.

Milo Lines: And the spine.

Ed Lasater: And the spine some amount.

Milo Lines: Just a little bit, yep.

Ed Lasater: Yep.

Milo Lines: So it’s a combination where we’re gaining some flex in our knees. We’re gaining some hip hinge, some hip flexion right here and then we’re turning better with a club that is a little bit more pitched back behind us, with good risk conditions and then that delivers this golf club to the ball and I’m not going to hit it fat.

Ed Lasater: Correct.

Milo Lines: And I’m not going to hit it on the toe anymore.

Ed Lasater: Right. And you’ll also if you maintain that extension in that trail wrist you won’t hit shanks either. So we’ll see a lot of people that, okay, well I maintained flexion but I kept hitting shanks. Well yeah, because you’re throwing the angles at the bottom.

Milo Lines: So if I get this flexion and I throw my hands out like this. You can see how far I could reach. I could actually miss if I wanted to.

Ed Lasater: 100%, yep.

Milo Lines: Yep. Cool. So that’s the magic. If you’re hitting the ball on the toe you are backing out of it and you need to figure out how to match up a couple pieces so that we get the center of mass a little bit more behind us so we can turn and rotate and stay in flexion.

Ed Lasater: Yep.

Milo Lines: That it?

Ed Lasater: Yep. And compress it.

Milo Lines: Smoke it. We can’t end the video without hitting one. So let’s see if I can hit out the middle of the face. Now the pressure’s on me.

Ed Lasater: Bingo.

Milo Lines: That’s pretty good.
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