How To Stop Hitting Pulled Shots On The Golf Course
Many golfers struggle with pulled shots during golf. They not only can be discouraging to golfers, but they can also keep you from getting better scores. In many cases it contributes to not keeping your club on an established plane or path as you swing. Your lower body should start the process of your down swing. Unfortunately, some golfers end up doing this process with their upper body instead. Here are a few tips on how to eliminate pulled shots from your golf game.
- Have a target in mind to hit toward before you take your shot. This can be anything on the green from an area in the grass to a tree.
- When you setup for the shot, make sure your body is positioned in a good spot. The ball should align with your body while being aimed in the direction of your target (the hole).
- Your backswing technique should be solid. Pay attention to how your body goes into the backswing. Be sure it is a complete swing and your weight shift occurs from one foot to the other (in this case you could be on your lead foot with shifting occurring to the other).
- As you start your downswing your weight shift may occur from your lead foot (left foot for right handed players and reverse for left handers). This element helps reduce the pull effect as it helps the club get deeper inside to make better contact with the ball. You may need to practice this element to ensure smooth technique.
- Your chest should face your target as you swing through. The ball should follow at this point and establish a good plane to travel.
- Before taking the actual shot you can practice the swing a few times. Pay attention to where your weight shift occurs. You can even practice your swings in slow motion to really get a better idea of where your weight shifts to. As a hint, your weight shift should happen before your arms and shoulders come down ahead of making contact with the ball.
- Be sure to stretch well before attempting the shot. Many golfers experience injuries when trying to complete this shot. You may end up getting a better result when taking time to stretch properly. Not only does this reduce injury risk,, but it may help you become more flexible in certain parts of the body to establish better play results.