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A push is a shot that goes directly to the right, for a right-handed golfer. Sometimes called a block, the push can be a frustrating and mysterious shot. It seems to appear out of nowhere, and it often results after an apparently fairly well-executed golf swing. A push results from a number of possible factors and can be somewhat difficult to correct.
Essentially, a push results from the clubface staying open at impact. Just a few degrees of rotation to the right at impact can produce a shot that strays 10 or more yards offline. The reason the ball goes straight right, rather than spinning left to right as in a slice, is because the swing plane is still on-path. A slice, on the other hand, results from both an open clubface and an outside-to-inside swing path. This swing path causes the club to cut across the ball, producing left-to-right spin.
Timing and Tempo
A push is typically a timing issue. While all the technical fundamentals of your swing may be correct, bad timing can cause you to leave the clubface open for too long and push the ball. One timing drill to make sure you execute the swing in a synchronous, fluid motion is to count. Your backswing should have a count of one, and the downswing a count of one. This will prevent your from beginning the downswing too quickly.
Right Side Through
Another reason the club face may stay open at impact is a failure to rotate the right side of the body through the ball. To correct this, practice pushing off with the right foot during the downswing and rotating your right knee toward the target. When you are finished with your shot, your chest should be facing the target and your right heel should be completely off the ground.
Release the Club
One final cause of a push is a failure to properly release the club through impact. After impact, the right hand should cross over the left and your arms and the club should be fully extended toward the target. If you slide the club sharply to the left or fail to cross the right hand over, the clubface will stay open and the ball will fly right.