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What Causes My Pulled Golf Shots, And How Can I Correct ThemA pulled golf shot happens when the golf ball flies straight left of the target. This happens due to the combination of the clubs swing path and the clubs face position at impact.




The golf club heads swing path is the direction that the head is travelling in as it moves through impact. A pulled golf shot is a result of an out to in swing path, which means that as the club head approaches the golf ball, it is on the outside or the far side of the target line.

To strike the golf ball, the club head has to move towards the ball and then across the target line to the inside of it, producing an out to in swing path. If the clubs face is aiming in the direction that the head is travelling in, then a straight golf shot is produced. However, because the head is moving on an out to in swing path, the straight shot flies left of the target.

To correct a pulled golf shot, you need to correct the club heads swing path and swing the head more directly along the target line, rather than across it. To do this, use your head cover and place it on the inside of the target line about one foot forward of the golf ball. This will block the inside of the target line and you can now work on swinging the golf club so that the club head travels along the target line, missing the head cover. If you keep the club face aiming at the target as you do this, you will now hit a straight golf shot at the target.

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An open club face means that the face is aiming to the right of the target. A straight golf shot to the right of the target is called a push and one swinging left to right during its flight is a push slice. Pulled golf shots occur when the face of the club aims left of target.

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Pulled golf shots do not fly right of the target, but to the left. They are caused by the club face aiming left and with a club face in this position, the golf ball will never fly to the right of the target.

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All golf shot ball flights can be changed or altered. If you understand the combination of swing path and club face position and the ball flight that this produces, then you can alter the path, face or both to create a straighter ball flight.