How to Hit Your Golf Ball Straight by Fixing Push and Pull Shots

By Hank Haney

Where your golf ball starts off is probably the most misdiagnosed thing there is in the game of golf. I just hit a shot that started off to the left. Most people think that is because they came over the top.

Why Do Push and Pull Shots Happen?

When they talk about coming over the top the are talking about an outside path to the swing, but the problem is that if you look at the divot I made on the ground my divot is going straight. So that golf ball did not go to the left because of the path of my swing was outside, it went to the left because my clubface was too closed.

  • The clubface actually has a much bigger influence on where that golf ball starts than your path. In fact, if your clubface is closed and you contact the outside part of the golf ball you have a 70 five percent influence going in that direction.
  • If you path of your swing were going straight through you would only have a 20 five percent influence going in the direction of the path. So the clubface has a much greater influence on where the ball starts.
  • The ball will start somewhere in between the two, but always favoring the point that you contacted on the ball.

How to Fix Push and Pull Shots

So the moral of the story is, if your ball starts out to the left or right, check your divot. If your divot is going straight then you know that it was your clubface being opened or closed that caused the golf ball to start off in a certain direction.

If it was the path then you know you are working on the right thing. But more times than not, it is the clubface that causes the ball to start off to the right or to the left. Open face to the right, closed face to the left. It all starts with a good diagnosis. If you can make the diagnosis then you have a chance of fixing your swing.


Category: Pull Shots
Sub Categories: Downswing, Impact, Swing Plane

About the Instructor

Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300