Causes and Cures: Pushing Your Putts – Golf Video
If you're missing lots of putts on the golf course and you've been able to identify why those putts are missing and where they're missing. If they're always missing to the right-hand side, that's what we describe as a pushed putt, pushing it to the right-hand side of target. So let’s have a look at how your stroke is causing that ball to miss on the right-hand side. A couple of issues to consider firstly. One would be making sure that you're aiming in the right direction to start with, making sure that you're not too far back from the ball, making sure that you're not stretching for the ball in the setup position, also making sure that the golf isn't positioned too far back in your stance. The ball position when you're putting should be a good sort of 6-iron position nicely ahead of center. I think that would help you out when you're putting if you think about have the ball positioned like a 6-iron.
The main cause of pushed putts is going to be club face is pointing for that direction as you impact the ball, not necessarily at setup, as you impact the ball. The club face would effectively be open to the target making the ball set off on that line. But that could be because your putting stroke is coming from the inside too much pushing to the outside, forcing the club face to stay open and pushing the ball to the right. Some people actually counter that by taking the club across the target line, effectively making a pull with their stroke. But then they don't want the ball to go left so they open the face up quite severely, pointing it to the right of target and they still push the putt even though the club is actually on out-to-in swing path. So we want to really make sure that we've got everything lined up nicely and evenly to start with, with a correct distance away from the ball with the right ball position. Then the club should come back evenly and through evenly.
And here’s a nice little exercise to see whether you're struggling with this. We can set our ball up. About a foot in front set two more golf balls up. They're going to be about four to six inches apart. The tighter those are, the better and this is a great way of identifying whether you've got a pushed putt. You would then place your target hole directly in line with the middle of that gateway and if you make a stroke where the ball sets off and goes to the right-hand side more towards the outside ball, then clearly that's identifying that you have a push in your stroke. So practicing with a little gateway here would encourage you to help that stroke come back and through much more evenly. My club should go between the gateway. The face of my club should still be nice and square and that should encourage me to avoid an out-to-in an in-to-out or an uneven club face position. If I can execute that drill a few times in practice, that should improve my chances of not pushing the putt.