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Video:What Causes a Push?

with Todd Kolb

A push shot can be a frustrating problem to have deal with and an annoying one to correct. To help, here's a look at what causes push shots and how to correct them.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Causes a Push?

I'm Todd Kolb with About.com. We're going to talk about the shot called a push, what causes it, and how to fix it.

Definition of a Push Shot

The push is a golf shot that starts to the right of the target and just stays to the right. There generally is not a lot of movement to this golf ball other than the fact that it just starts to the right of where you want the golf ball to actually go. Now, one of the easiest ways to know if you're actually pushing the golf ball is to look at your divot. When you hit a push shot, the divot will be pointed to the right of where you feel like the golf ball should be starting or what we would call your target line.

Causes of Push Shots: Bad Aim

Now, there are a couple ways and a couple reasons why you might be hitting this golf shot. Let's talk about three of the most common ones. The first one, and I think is the easiest to look for, is just simply your aim. If you're set up and your feet and your hips and your shoulders are aimed to the right of the target, you're going to hit a shot that looks like a push. So that would be the first thing I would check, is make sure your aim is square, your stance is in the proper position.

Causes of Push Shots: Ball Position

The second reason you might be hitting this golf shot is ball position. If I get set up and I have the golf ball too far back in my stance, meaning it's too far back here, that could also cause me to catch the golf ball on the inside and hit it to the right or what we would call the push shot. Now, the easiest way to fix that is to get the golf ball in the correct spot. Now the correct spot for an iron is going to be to have the golf ball straight out from like the left side of your face or typically where a logo on a shirt might be. That's going to be a good neutral position for the irons. If you're hitting your woods, you want that golf ball to be more towards your left heel or a little bit more forward in the stance.

Causes of Push Shots: Bad Swing

Now, the third reason you could be actually pushing the golf ball is because of your swing. If you're swinging on the down swing and your arms are tucked in too tight to your body, or what we might call behind your body, the club's going to swing inside and then too far out to what I might call right field or to the right of your target. That golf ball is going to start to the right and is going to stay to the right. Now, the easiest way to fix that is to be aware of that and feel like your arms are going to swing more down the target line versus inside the target line. So once again, a push is a shot that starts to the right of the target and just stays to the right. The easiest way to know if you're hitting that shot is to take a look at your divot. Three common reasons it might be happening, aim, ball position or swinging the club too inside to out.

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