4 Tips on How to Fix a Pull in Golf
How to Fix a Pull in Golf
For many golfers, pulled shots can be a tricky obstacle to overcome. A pulled shot refers to when a ball veers left of the intended target, before continuing along a straight trajectory. Although a pulled shot is effectively a straight shot, that initial pull towards the left means you can always expect the ball to land off target. Below we delve deeper on How to fix a pull in golf.
Common Causes of a Pulled Shot
Below we look at 4 common causes of a pulled shot and what solutions to implement to fix this.
- Poor Alignment
- Club Path & Grip
- Club Face Angle
- Direction of Aim
There are several reasons why you might be experiencing pulled shots in golf. One of the most common errors that results in a pull is poor alignment. If you are aligned left of the intended target, you will almost certainly find yourself producing a pulled shot.
It might sound obvious, but always make sure you are aiming directly at the target in a straight line. A few extra seconds during setup can save you the embarrassment of a pulled shot and keep down your handicap. You should also avoid adopting an open stance, with a square stance more likely to yield a straighter shot.
Club Path & Grip
If your alignment is fine, another possible cause of a pulled shot could be your club path. In particular, we are talking about an outside-in swing. This type of club path means that your club path is travelling towards impact from outside of the intended target line. An outside-in club path will see your club cross the target, before coming to a stop inside of it. A grip that is too strong may also be amplifying the problem. If your grip is too strong, you will find that your club is more easily released and the club face is likely to be closed come the moment of impact.
Fixing this issue takes more time than polishing up your alignment. You will need to spend a good amount of time focusing on your golf swing, as well as the resulting club path. First, you need to start with the takeaway. You should be looking to keep your club square as your swing moves backwards.
If a square takeaway feels awkward or unfamiliar, working in some drill training every time you head to the course is a very good idea. You also need to focus when it comes to the top of the swing, as well as the downswing. When on the downswing, you need to make sure you are not coming over the top. If you do this, you will probably find yourself automatically positioning the club outside of the desired target line.
Club Face Angle
You also need to consider club face angle come the moment of impact if you are looking to remedy pulled shots. Altering the intensity of your grip is a good way to go about this.
Simply weakening your grip slightly will almost always allow you to rectify club face angles.
If you find the prospect of altering your club path and swing daunting, there are simpler solutions you can adopt. One of the easiest is to simply aim to the right of your desired target. Although this does not fix the underlying causes of pulled shots, it will compensate for that unwanted pull to the left.
Even more experienced golfers tend to struggle with pulled shots when playing with certain types of clubs. If you have modified your swing and club path when playing with woods, but are still suffering from pull with other solutions, aiming to the right is an easy compromise.
Ultimately however, you will want to allot some time to ironing out the kinks in your swing and club path.
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