How To Stop Pushing Iron Shots

PGA professional Nick Drane explains how to stop pushing iron shots

How to stop pushing iron shots
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How to stop pushing iron shots

Getting to the root cause of an issue in your golf swing is vital if you want to see long-term improvements. That's why we've enlisted the help of Nick Drane, a PGA Professional and Master Fitting Specialist at the Titleist Performance Centre, who demonstrates how to stop pushing iron shots in the video and article below.

The fundamentals within your set-up are going to help you deliver the club in the correct fashion, and therefore hit the golf ball in the right direction. For many golfers, this is where the biggest problems can be traced back to. If you are pushing your iron shots, start by taking a close look at your ball position.

Ball Position

This is normally the main cause behind pushed iron shots. What you often see with 'pushers' is the ball too far back in the stance. The problem here is that the club strikes the ball too early on its arc. The club will naturally be pointing a little right in this scenario. This can often happen to golfers who regularly play in the wind - they move the ball back in their stance to help them play the low punch shot. However, it becomes too extreme and ends up causing a push.

How to stop pushing iron shots

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The photograph above shows a ball position that is too far back, the photograph below shows what happens to your shoulder alignment if the ball is this far back. You should be able to see how the shaft of the club is pointing well right of the target - the positioning of your body here is a crucial element in how to aim in golf. This explains why the ball starts out to the right in this scenario. 

How to stop pushing iron shots

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Instead, set the ball a fraction left of middle in your stance. From here, your shoulders should be much better aligned and you should find it much easier to deliver the club back square to the ball at impact.

How to stop pushing iron shots

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With the ball positioned just left of centre, you'll find that as you come into the ball, the club is swinging more towards the target with the clubface more square to your path. The result will be a shot that starts on line and has a much more neutral ball flight.

How to check your fundamentals

How to stop pushing iron shots

(Image credit: Tom Miles)

So, be sure to regularly check the basics like your grip, posture and alignment. Ian Poulter (opens in new tab) is big on checking the fundamentals, as many professionals are, and it's not unusual to see him on the range with a couple of alignment sticks.

This is such a simple exercise that can help ensure you have the best chance of executing a good shot. Pop one alignment stick parallel to your feet, and the other one relative to your ball position. Watch the video above and you'll see how to do it.

Your golf swing isn't going to change, but by doing this you are making sure that your fundamentals are correct, and that's half the battle.

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