This is the third article in our ten of the best golf swing tips for beginners series.
For a right-hander the push is a shot that starts right and stays right (Fig.1).
Unlike the slice or hook shot, hitting a push doesn't necessarily mean you're striking the ball badly, more often than not it's down to poor set up and alignment, so here are my five quick cures to eradicate the push...
1. Put the ball further forward in stance
Probably the most important aspect of set up is how far back or forward the ball is in your stance. To prevent a push shot with the driver the ball needs to be further forward, which is where the clubface will be square to the target at the top of the swing arc. The shorter the iron, the further back your ball will be in your stance.
2. Move feet closer together
Golfers who are prone to a push generally have their feet further apart than they should be especially when hitting iron shots. This will prevent your weight transfer on to your left and so will cause a block shot right. So for each club have them roughly shoulder width apart, no more than that for iron shots in particular.
3. Make sure your body is aiming straight
It's a basic one but some golfers have a tendency to aim right (Fig.2), possibly to allow for a natural draw but this could be forcing you into a bad habit of pushing it. So get your playing partner to square up your shoulders and feet (Fig.3).
4. Weight on toes not heels
Whether it's in football, rugby, or golf, sitting back on your heels (Fig.2) is never going to allow you full body movement. Being on the balls of your feet at least will give you more of a back arch and looser shoulders (Fig.3), stopping you reaching for the ball and in-turn pushing it.
5. Increase hip movement
A good swing will have a lot of hip movement. As golf legend Tom Watson suggests, you should imagine yourself rolling in a barrel during the backswing, giving you a cleaner ball strike and lessen the chance of a push shot.
Want any more swing tips and cures? Then check out our instructional articles on...
1. How to cure a slice
2. How to cure a hook
4. How to cure a pull
5. How to stop shanking the ball
6. How to stop duffing the ball
7. How to stop topping the ball
8. How to hit a fade
9. How to hit a draw
10. How to hit a punch shot