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Okay we’re going to talk about pulling putts. Now a pull, so right handed golfer if I pull the putts, it means you’re suddenly going down the line to the hole, it means I’m coming to the left side. I’m actually pulling the balls to the left of the target. So let’s get clear. A pull is a pull that goes to the left hand side of the hole as a right handed golfer.

So let’s find some causes. The most obvious ones maybe the putt is aiming to the left of the hole. So if it was down to that, maybe we could stand back to get a ball marker sorry to crash behind the ball, but get the ball to the hole, look at the line in this case it’s straight. Put the ball marker in the ground maybe say two or three inches in front of the ball. Put the Putter behind it, and then pull the trigger backwards and forwards. As the ball goes in, you think well it’s not Putter face I eliminated that one straight away.

The second one is the grip too weak? Weak means that the grip is too much to the left of the club so there’s a weak grip and the hands are over the top. Putting the hands too much to the left, watch what happens to my shoulders. My shoulders at the moment square, I’m going to put my left hand over the left, and my right hand over so both comes into the right. Watch the shoulders now, our shoulders are now aiming to the left hand side.

If my shoulders were aiming to the left hand side, look at the effect it’s going to have on my putter as I swing it back. Or you think I’m doing on purpose, you try on the Putting Greens. Okay there is your shoulders, the Putter will then move out and then come in across the ball and it’s going to pull that putt, because of the way your shoulders are. So it could well be that.

Number three let’s look at the ball position. If your ball position is too far forward, what’s going to happen is you’re going to hit the ball very, very late. So if it’s too far forward we’re not talking about being inside your hill, we’re talking maybe on you big toe. And again if I just set myself up and I put my hands on, you can see my shoulders again are actually aiming to the left of the target and by doing that that would actually make me swing again outside to inside. So from here if I just get the ball further back and put my hands back on, you can see my shoulders now are much more parallel to where I actually want to go with the Putter head just by moving up or position back.

So there’s various things that can actually make you pull. So let’s find a stick so it’s simple drill that can possibly eliminate what you’re doing. By pulling the ball, one thing is consistent. The putter is going to move towards the inside. It’s going to move this way. So if we put a ball down and we put a Putter with then hill of the shaft against shaft, we putt the ball in the middle, if I was to putt correctly, then the putter should go straight back here, straight through and the ball goes in the hole.

But if I put another ball down, and all of sudden I pull, then obviously from here look at the difference. My hill has hit the shaft, it’s close to club face, and it’s pulled the ball to the left. So a good exercise would be to put a shaft down really nice and parallel to the hole, pull the shaft against it. You could have rather against the shaft and then swing it backwards and forwards without seeing this happen where your club literally comes over the top of the shaft.

So you know what causes a pull and what it is. You’ve got different things that can create a pull I think just about could every single possibility one of them that’s just popped to mind is when you’re over it, if your eyes are on the outside of the ball that means over here so your standing too much like this, that would make you swing the club like this and you can see how I’ll swing across.

So you’ve got the knowledge. Knowledge is king so what else do you know? You know what a pull is, you know what causes it. What else do we know? Just go on the Putting Green, spend a good 30 minutes, if you’re not scoring after 30 minutes, there’s no point in putting that practice time in. You’re trying to undo a fault and more importantly you’re trying to groove something which is positive and correct.