My Golf Instructor
Sign up for the Ask Maria Featured Question of the Day
By clicking Sign Up, you agree to our Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy.

Question on Diagnosing Problems:

Maria,
My tee shots have gone from straight with a slight draw to straight right. Sometimes they are missing the fairway by 30 yards. The strike seems very solid, just way right. Thoughts?
--Jim W. from Spencerport, NY

Hi Jim. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com. I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

It definitely sounds like you are now hitting a push/block. If you were hitting a draw before you were swinging on an inside/out path. When you swing on that path and release the face, you get a nice draw. When you come from inside/out and don't release the face however, you get a push.

While most amateurs struggle with a slice and coming outside/in, some do go the other route and get the club too severely inside/out on the downswing. Many tour pros and skilled player often suffer this swing path error as well. The key is to keep the club in front of you were it started at address throughout the swing. I have 2 great drills for this. The first covers your takeaway to ensure you are not getting the club trapped or laid off early in the backswing. The second drill helps you to get your downswing more on plane by preventing you from swinging out to the right of your target.

Normally drills are reserved only for Pro subscribers, but I like to give one or two away for free so you can see how easily they can help. Give these a try Jim and let me know how it goes.

Toe Line Drill:
Toe Line Drill

Under the Pole Drill:
Under the Pole Drill

This is also a great article that will help you with the push.

Preventing A Push:
www.mygolfinstructor.com/instruction/diagnosing-problems/preventing-a-push/

Thanks!

By:

Other Related Tips on Diagnosing Problems
Who is Maria Palozola?
- Top 50 LPGA Instructors in the World
- A Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher in Illinois
- A Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Midwest
Who is Maria Palozola?
- Top 50 LPGA Instructors in the World
- A Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher in Illinois
- A Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Midwest
- More about Maria
- Golf Questions
Golf instruction made simple
Golf Overview
Overall Game
- Getting Started
- Equipment
- Golf Fitness
- Junior Golf
- Mental Game
- Practice
- Rules of Golf
Short Game
- Bunkers
- Chipping
- Pitching
- Putting
Full Swing
- Pre-Swing Fundamentals
- Shot Making
- Diagnosing Problems
- Driving
- Hybrids and Woods
- Irons
Playing Golf
Ball Striking
- Fitness (78)
Basics
- Course Management (82)
- Getting Started in Golf (75)
- Practice (66)
Course Management
- Club Selection (66)
- Equipment (107)
Driving
- Driving (68)
Putting
- Putting (127)
Rules
- Golf Rules (69)
Short Game
- Bump and Run (72)
- Chipping (82)
Problems
Ball Striking
- Chunking (79)
- Distance Control (86)
- Fat Shots (92)
- Flipping (48)
- Poor Accuracy (118)
- Slicing (48)
- Thin Shots (85)
- Topped Shots (52)
Distance
- Lack of Distance (108)
Putting
- Putting Accuracy (72)
Swing Plane
- Blocking (50)
- Inside Out (56)
- Outside In (59)
- Over the Top (49)
- Pulling (54)
- Pushing (66)
- Releasing Early (47)
The Swing
Grip
- Grip (65)
Setup
- Alignment (55)
- Balance (50)
- Ball Position (80)
- Posture (77)
- Setup (117)
Swing Plane
- Backswing (84)
- Controlling Trajectory (47)
- Divot (48)
- Downswing (67)
- Impact (103)
- On Plane (85)
- Path (84)
- Power (71)
- Shaft Plane (63)
- Swing Plane (112)
- Weight Shift (79)