Basic Golf Tips On How To Get Rid Of Pulled Shots
Pulled shots are extremely frustrating because it's not always obvious why they occur. When subtle errors creep into your technique, you may start to see the ball veer off to the left. Let's take a look at what some of these errors are and how you can unlearn them.
Swinging too far left
An obvious problem is that you are doing everything else right except that you are bringing the club down too far left. This is caused by a swing that comes down too far over instead of straight. Even if your club shaft is being gripped perfectly, your stance is correct, and your clubface is angled correctly, your shot will still pull left because your swing is not consistent. Unlearn this bad habit by swinging slower and being conscious of the line your club travels. Once you start correcting this, speed up your swing to normal again.
A weak left hand grip
Your left hand is what guides your club during a swing. If your left hand is not firmly gripped, your club will have a mind of its own and naturally swing wrong. This usually defaults into the over-swing, which results in a pulled shot. Unlearn this bad habit by tightening your left hand grip. Be careful not to stiffen your whole forearm though; just the fingers and palm.
Posture plays an important role in connecting the ball right. While you should be bending down slightly when addressing the ball, don't slouch and droop your shoulders forward. Unlearn this habit immediately - for the sake of your game and your back. Keep the top half of your torso upright and use your legs and lower back to bring yourself low.
Don't cock your wrist too early
If your right wrist cocks before the club makes contact with the ball, a pulled shot is pretty much a guarantee. The wrist should only roll as the ball is being hit. Any time sooner and the clubface may connect the ball on the wrong spot. Unlearn this habit by slowing down your swing just a little and noting when your wrist cocks. Make a conscious effort to cock it slightly later and develop the habit of feeling exactly when the club hits the ball. This is the perfect time to roll your wrist and you will see the difference in where your ball travels.