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A Modern Fix For Pulled Shots

Discussion in 'All Things Golf' started by BarnacleBob, Jan 26, 2016.



  1. BarnacleBob

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    The Prevailing Wisdom:

    Pull shots result from a fast left side. Slow down your left hip and you'll stop pulling the ball to the left.

    Why It's Misleading:

    Because it doesn't jibe with physics and the conservation of momentum. Think about why a whip cracks or why you should always wear your seatbelt while driving your car. When one part of a moving system stops, another part picks up the motion. During your swing, if you slow down your left hip rotation, your right side will hit the gas and shoot past, ruining your sequence and creating a pull.

    The Mistake

    Your shots start way left of target If you're hitting the ball left, you're usually making pretty good contact. Nevertheless, your pulls have to stop.

    You probably blame your upper body or your hands for causing the pull. But you should also consider your hips. Like most golfers, you have about half the hip rotation of a Tour pro because (1) you don't turn enough, and (2) you begin your downswing with your shoulders. These hip turn errors force your club across your target line (an over-the-top swing). Your shots start left of target then fade, hook or go straight depending on your face angle at impact.

    What You Should Do

    Conserve your fast point Understand that maximum power and accuracy result from your right side whirling toward the target, but only after your arms drop the clubhead into position from the top. In other words, save the "fast point" of your downswing for impact.

    To do this, rotate your left hip toward the target as you shift your weight to your front foot. Leading your downswing with your left hip produces the correct sequence: left hip, left shoulder, arms and then your clubhead.

    The Old (And Flawed) Fix

    Keep your back pointing toward the target on the downswing The logic here is that by keeping your back toward the target you'll slow down your left side and give your right side time to swing your club from the inside—out. This sounds accurate enough, but any move that slows down any facet of your swing is a poison. If you try to slow down your left side, you'll under-rotate your left hip. Your shoulders and arms then have no choice but to flip across your body and pull the ball to the left. The more you hold your left side, the worse your pull.

    The Modern Fix: Speed up your hip turn

    Rotate your left hip sooner and more aggressively from the top of your swing. This positions your clubhead behind your shoulders where it belongs. It also ensures that your left shoulder won't catch your left hip until well after impact. As soon as your weight hits your front foot, all you have to do is keep moving every thing that's moving. This is how you produce the sequence where your left hip is chased by your left shoulder, your left shoulder is chased by your hands, and your hands are chased by your clubhead.

    Drill Instructor: Avoid a collision

    To see if your sequence is solid, and that you're correctly chasing one body part with another, grab a 7- and an 8-iron and hold one club in each hand. Get into your address position with the clubs about two inches from each other. Swing slowly to the top of your swing and then through. If you conserved your fast point and produced the correct downswing sequence, then the clubs will not collide. If the club in your right hand catches the club in your left, then you slowed down your left side. Once you're able to swing without the heads or the shafts colliding, speed up your motion until you reach full power. To swing faster, speed up your midsection. This applies to this drill and for every swing with any club.

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    Cures for pulled golf shot

    At one time or another, almost every player pulls a shot, sending the ball left of the intended target for a right-handed golfer. A pull is a straight shot that travels left of where the golfer is aiming and is the result of an incorrect swing -- an out-to-in path. But you can cure the pull by attending to some simple fundamentals.

    Connection
    In a connected swing, your triceps rest lightly against your chest throughout most of the swing. Your right arm moves slightly away at the top of the backswing, then reconnects until the left arm moves away at the finish. Connection during your swing helps keep your arms from moving out at the beginning of the downswing, which can cause an out-to-in swing path.

    One-Piece Takeaway
    One application of connection is the a one-piece takeaway, where the arms and shoulders bring the club back in unison. A one-piece takeaway starts your backswing on plane. The over-the-top swinger lifts his hands and then turns his shoulders. From there, he has to push the club straight up to reach the top of the swing, arcing up and over his correct swing plane and causing a steep, out-to-in swing path that pulls the ball left.

    Avoid Leaning Toward the Target
    Your spine should lean toward the ball throughout your swing (left shoulder slightly higher than the right), but never toward the target. At the top of the swing, if you lean toward toward the target, either because your hips move away from it (a sway) or your shoulders move toward it (a reverse pivot), your right shoulder gets too high.

    Don't Lunge
    Some players have trouble using their legs – specifically, they straightening their right leg. This has the same effect as leaning, but it causes a more violent pull. Practicemaking your backswing while keeping your right knee bent. Hold a ball between your knees and try to drop it by moving your left knee first on the downswing.


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    GOLF SWING TIPS - 4: HOW TO CURE A PULL

    Can't get rid of that constant pull? Then check out our simple fixes for a better ball flight

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    This is the fourth article in our ten of the best golf swing tips for beginners series.

    For a right-hander, the pull is a shot that starts straight left and stays left (Fig.1).

    Like the push shot, the pull doesn't generally mean that you're striking the ball poorly but instead you've got an error with your feet position or grip, so check out my quick fixes to prevent the pull shot happening...

    1. Don't twist your hands over

    Similar to the hook shot, if your hands are twisted around (left-hand image of Fig.2) at address and impact then the clubface will close, causing the ball to go left. Use the V-shape grip (right-hand image of F.g2).
    2. Put the ball further back in stance

    If the ball is forward in your stance your shoulders will naturally aim left, which combined with a closed clubface will cause a pull shot. So put the ball a few inches further back, especially when using a driver.

    3. Make sure you're not aiming left

    This really is the most basic way to cure a pull but golfers tend to be poor at pointing their feet and shoulders to the target. If you've got into a bad habit of aiming left then get a playing partner to correct it on the range.

    4. Have a wider stance

    Having your feet together (left-hand image of Fig.2) will increase the movement of your shoulders through impact, pushing them too far forward and left and stopping your hips coming through properly. A wider stance (right-hand image of Fig.2) will keep you more stable on the shot and will stop you dragging the ball left.

    5. Increase your leg flex

    It's vital to have leg flex as it allows your body to swing more naturally. With most bad shots in golf, restricted movement can cause you to exaggerate a fault in your game, just like the pull shot. So loosen up and bend those knees.

    Want any more swing tips and cures? Then check out our instructional articles on...

    1. How to cure a slice
    2. How to cure a hook
    3. How to cure a push
    5. How to stop shanking the ball
    6. How to stop duffing the ball
    7. How to stop topping the ball
    8. How to hit a fade
    9. How to hit a draw
    10. How to hit a punch shot

     
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    How To Stop Pulling Ball Left While Golfing

    There can be many frustrating things that can happen when you’re hitting the driver on your tee box, but it can be easier than you think to learn how to stop pulling the ball left while golfing. Golf is a mental game and having a good visualization of what to do right is a start. After that, you'll need to work on your mechanics.

    1. Understand why you are hitting the ball left. In golf, it’s easy to fix things if you can conceptualize the problem, so you need to understand why you are pulling the ball left while golfing—also called “hooking” the ball for a right-hander. What you are most likely doing is turning your hands over too much as you swing, causing you club face to be “closed” or turned over at the point of impact. Instead of being square with the ball, this turned club face puts a counter-clockwise spin on the ball, sending it off to the left.
    2. Square the club face at impact. The key to stopping pulling the ball left—or to preventing a slice—is to “square” your club face at impact. In other words, the club face should be hitting ball neither turned too much over or with the face “open” pointing away from you. A flush hit with the club will send the ball flying straight.
    3. Practice exaggerating your swing. One way to work on squaring your club and stop pulling the ball left is to practice exaggerating your stance and swing until you get the right feel. Instead of standing with your feet parallel in line with your target, spin yourself around so that you are standing perpendicular to the fairway, looking directly ahead at the hole. Now take your normal swing with your body stretched way around. This exaggerated stance will almost guarantee that you can’t turn your club head over too much because you simply can’t achieve that motion in your present stance. You will feel, however, what it feels like to hit the ball with an open club face. Gradually move your feet back into proper alignment, trying several more shots until you reach a body position that hits a perfectly straight shot. The feel of this will help you build muscle memory and help you stop pulling the ball left.
    4. Keep your backswing arc in line. It’s easy to off-kilter on your backswing what with the 5,001 tips you’ve read about. Keep your backswing moving on an upward arc and not too much behind you. You can stop your backswing at its peak while on the range and see where your club falls. If it’s too far back over your right shoulder, you are more likely to have an inside angle on your swing, causing that spin and hook. Keeping your swing more upright will help you avoid pulling the ball to the left.
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