Golf Tips And Lessons

How to Eliminate Pulling the Golf Ball

Before we begin, let's make sure we all understand what we are talking about here. A pull shot is NOT a hook.

They are two different shots, caused by different mistakes during the swing. The only thing they have in common is they both go left (for right handed golfers).

A pull is when the golf ball starts off going left of the target line and continues to go left of the target. There is no hook to it; it travels in a straight line (more or less) and ends up left of where the player thought it was going to land.

Tip: If you hit a suspected pull shot, look down at the divot (if there is one). If it is aiming to the left as well, it is a pull shot.

Some golfers assume that a pull is the result of a poor grip. The truth is the grip is rarely the problem. Unless you felt the grip moving in your hand at impact, your pull shot is most likely the result of something else.

It can be said there are many ways a golfer can end up pulling a shot. Here are some of the most common ones:

Many times the golfer is simply aiming toward the left and not realizing it. If you are hitting pull shots, have someone stand on-line with your ball as you take your stance. He or she will be able to look at the club head and where it is pointing.

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A ball that is positioned too far forward (in your stance, that is) may also pull to the left. An improper golf backswing can result in a pull as well. Again, have someone watch you. If your club is over your head at the top of your backswing, you are going to pull the ball. Your club should be over your shoulders at the apex of your backswing.

An improper downswing can also end up with pull shot. If the club head moves in an outside to inside arc, it will fire the ball off to the left.

Another downswing problem that can result in a pull is when there is no weight transfer over to the right foot and then back to the left foot during the downswing. As you turn your body in your backswing, you should feel the weight moving in the same direction that you are turning.

Some golfers have a tendency to unlock or uncock their wrists way too early in the downswing. This, too, can lead to a pull as the club head will return to the ball closed, thus resulting in the ball flying to the left.

Because there are so many different causes for a pull shot, it is always better to have the club professional or an experienced golfer watch as you go through your swing. You may have to go through several before your mentor sees the problem, but it is worth the time and trouble.

Some of the fixes will be simple to correct. For instance, if you are (for some reason) simply aiming too far left, you simply need to readjust your line. Other fixes may take a bit longer to correct, but once you know what to concentrate on, the process will move along much faster than if you do not know the cause.

Again, enlist the aid of someone to watch you as this is the best and most efficient way to narrow the possible suspects.

Remember too that another helpful resource is the Superior Golfing Step-by-Step Guide. This gives you the freedom to learn and practice in your own time:

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