How To Stop Pulling Your Shots

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

36 Responses to “How To Stop Pulling Your Shots”

  1. September 23, 2012


    Paul, this is really a great video on how to stop pulling; I have pulled the ball periodically during rounds for maybe 5 years; I am still practicing the hip turn coupled with the slight tilt, but, the progress is noticeable…..and I know I am on the right track.

    I am pretty excited!

    Best regards,

    Chris Rasmussen

    • September 24, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Chris, Glad you liked it. The pull is easy to fix. A way to remember it is the word pull. If you are pulling you are pulling the club down with your arms. So turn them off and start the lower body first.

      Did you see this tip too:

      Pull 2:

  2. November 3, 2014


    Earlier in your lesions I would align left of target, 40 yards with a driver and 20 yards with a 4 iron etc, and hit pretty straight on the target line. But recently my drives and irons are to the left side of the fair way or green and I find my self aligning at the target. Does this indicate that I’m pulling over the top? Also, I recently started having bouts of shanking with my wedges and now wounded if I’m also sliding rather than uncoiling. Also, I now don’t feel my rear knee touch my front leg. Thanks. Jim

  3. August 29, 2015


    Thank you great tip. I have been having this problem of pulling my shots. I wasn’t sure why. I will take to the range as the drill seems very helpful. This tip is very timely. I was getting frustrated because of the pulled.

    As you noted when I use my trigger correctly this does not happen.

    As I continue to use your method I have come to realize the importance of checking our positions. When I have problems on the course this gets my game back on track. The home stretch tip was especially helful.

    Thx. For helping us enjoy the game of golf


    • August 30, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it and the other tips. I appreciate the feedback.

      Just keep working on the positions and in this case manually tilt then turn later.


      Remember Series – Tilt and Turn:
      Remember Series – Tilt and Lift:
      Remember Series – Tilt and Roll:

      • May 13, 2018


        Paul I was reading Roys comment above (I am pulling the ball also) Roy mentioned when he used his trigger correctly that helped cure his pull. I recently have been seeing my club head (peripheral) at the top and using that to trigger turning my right hip and pushing off my right instep. Do you see a problem using the club head at the top for a trigger?

        • Mark,

          Well if you see the clubhead your backswing is too long. If you do this as a drill then I am fine with it.If you have been hitting you have been move the arms before the body so whatever switches you to body first then arms I am fine with. Just be careful that you are not going back too far.

  4. August 29, 2015


    Paul, Is it possible I am tilting OK, but ‘pulling in my arms’ as it were to cause the pull? Reason I ask is my last couple outings I am just crushing my drives and I know I am tilted behind the ball. Does the arm extension also affect? Seems to me, and I am playing all weekend so will have much time to practice, that when I don’t achieve the full extension 3 feet past the ball I get the pull, which I equate to engaging my arms and pulling toward my body (my old habit before ignition golf), closes the clubface at impact. Pretty much never hit the ball to the right, is either down the line or this pull. Been playing great lately, though in spite of some of these. Around the greens been up and down like crazy (like 70% or better!)

    Keep those ‘tweak’ reminders coming. That are all great!


    • August 30, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Pulling is you hitting. If you feel like you are tilting and you are still pulling it would think you are tilting at the very top as soon as you start the transition. This sends it over the top so unless you slide or over tilt you will still pull it. Go to the top and hold it. Then tilt coming down.

      No getting full extension would the the arms contracting. To do so you must have used them. Arms = pull. Stop trying to kill it. Hit the fairway should be the thought.

  5. Paul, you really are a genius. I’ve never seen an instructor be able to distill every important point in a swing to palpable, simple checkpoints that are EASY to follow for those of us with a “visual” mind. I’ve spent way too much $$$ on other online stuff, and stumbled upon your methods about 2 months ago, and…wow. Just thank you. Thank you.

    • August 30, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Thanks. I just comes from no one being able to answer my questions. It needs to be simple. I made it confusing for many years and it got me nowhere. Once I made it simple I got it.

      Glad you like the site. I appreciate it.

  6. August 30, 2015


    How to stop fayding the ball to the right with driver

  7. September 27, 2015


    Hi Paul
    I can’t stop pulling my driver at the mo!
    Been following your swing for two years now so not using my arms?… could i be over using the touching the leg position/ over rotating? to cause a pull?
    Thanks Craig

  8. January 11, 2017


    Hi Paul,
    I have been working very hard to stop using my hands and arms and have been pretty successful, (have even started fading the ball when I used to hook everything) but when I pick up a sand wedge or gap wedge, I go back to pulling. What are your thoughts on why I would pull wedges but nothing else?
    Thanks, David

  9. January 15, 2017


    Makes sense. Think I need to read your book, as this has been a problem for too long.
    Good stuff, Thank You!

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      January 15, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you see it.

      I have 2 products. My original product is Swing Machine Golf. Last summer I release a new product (similar) called The Body Swing. Not sure I if I mention pulled wedges in The Body Swing but for sure I do in Swing Machine Golf in the Faults and Fixes section.

      Just let us know if you are interested and we will send you a discount code.

  10. October 12, 2017


    Hi Paul. What is possibly the outcome if I am dipping down too much in my downswing? Fat, high on the face, etc?

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      October 15, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, you would be hitting it fat because the arc doesn’t have enough room to clear. This dipping would have too much weight on the back foot at contact. If you feel the heel coming off the ground through impact the weight would be shifting which stops you from dipping too much.

      • October 18, 2017


        Makes sense. Im hitting it high on the face with woods and often very deep divots. Will focus on keeping my chin up more and lift the back heel (I do this at impact but still too much of a Squat move i guess).


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          October 18, 2017

          Paul Wilson


          Deep divots you would need check that your setup is taller. Just don’t clearly see your toes. Simple. Coil and uncoil with the shoulder plane more level. I keep saying this because I saw your swing but you have to be close. I liked what I saw.

          Hopefully, you are not trying to purposely squat in the downswing. This is not what is happening in the swing. I did a tip on it but I can’t find it. Think about it. If you are facing the camera there is a gap in your knees. As you coil back this gap would narrow because it is turning away from the camera. Then as you uncoil this gap would appear to widen again as you now facing back to the camera. Then it would narrow to the touch the legs position. So you are not squatting or trying to squat. You are turning circular by coiling and uncoiling.

          • October 26, 2017


            I think Im close. And my setup is pretty tall, can maybe go a bit taller. But the problem is that my head gets too low in the downswing. I will focus on what you said, plus maybe keeping the chin up more and not seeing the toes clearly in the downswing either?

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            October 26, 2017

            Paul Wilson


            You will see the toes as you hit the ball. This is because your head tilts down to look at the ball.

            How The Head Moves Down and Past Impact:

          • October 28, 2017


            I think you are right when you said I need to both coil and uncoil with the shoulder plane more level. Im probably to steep with my right shoulder in the downswing 🙂

  11. November 29, 2017


    Hi Paul. Could a cure for the pulled shots be to think about seperating the lower from the upper more? I.e only move the lower and let the rest follow?
    Im good at firing my lower but my upper also turn at the same time i guess

  12. Paul, I think there is another reason to pull the ball, or hit it left. I do not come over the top, but still hit the ball left. The reason, I believe, is because I stop turning through with my upper body, and my arms come around and hit the ball left. Am I wrong about this?

  13. July 15, 2019


    Paul. Should I be consciously controlling my right elbow from the top of the back swing down to my right side during the down swing (after my hips start turning of course)? Thanks.

  14. August 22, 2019


    OK. I know you are not going to agree with me on this, but I naturally pull and hook the ball, but I do not come over the top. What I feel I have to do is delay the release, or delay something, not sure, but it is as if you were trying to make your normal swing, but push the ball to the right. It feel like I have to hit it late. I am not a slicer, and have never been. Maybe my hips are spinning out too soon?Not sure.

  15. August 24, 2019


    Another thought on this. Sometimes we use a thought to get to the right swing, and then find out it is actually something else that is happening. I was pullling shots left, and my fix was to feel like I was swinging “late” to delay the arms coming through. Now I am realizing that this thought turned off the pulling down of the left arm, which, as you said in the first post, causes a pull. pull and pull. have to remember that! You are right as usual, but it takes a while to get there.

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