Ok, I started the year off hitting balls nice and straight for the most part. Now, I find that I push the ball to the right on pretty much every shot with an iron or wedge. I say "pretty much" any time, because when I aim left to compensate, of course the ball flies dead straight to the left exactly where I was aiming. I don't feel like I am doing anything mechanically different, just looking for some tips to help me get back on the point of aim. Thanks in advance, and tight lies!
Starting to push shots to the right.
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push means you're swinging too far to the right with your club face pointing in the same direction at impact. I doubt your weight is too far back on your right side because usually that results in pulling the club across your body to the left, which is the exact opposite result ( over the top). Check to make sure your upper body/head isn't sliding in front of the ball during the downswing, that can cause 'pushes'.
Id say youre either playing the ball too far back in your stance or youre coming too far from the inside and not closing the face, causing an in to out path with an open face, which will make you hit it dead right every time.
Another possibility is that youre hanging back, which makes it impossible for you to turn through the shot.
First thing I do when I start pulling or pushing is double and triple check my alignments and ball position.
I mean set up at the range with multiple alignment rods or clubs on your target path as well as perpendicular to my stance to accurately check ball position.
9 times out of 10 for me my alignment and/or ball position is off without me even realizing.
This is exactly what I'm working on. It straightens my ball flight up. I actually figured this out for myself last summer, but unfortunately forgot about it until just recently. I figured it out shortly after Webb Simpson won the US Open and the Golf Channel did a segment on what he does to work on keeping his head still.
I realized recently that my upper body was moving forward too much in the downswing and my head was going with it. Since I have a pretty fast swing, fast hip turn, and good lag, I realized I must be pushing shots or hitting fades because the clubface can not square up to the ball if I move forward so much.