There can be many frustrating things that happen when you’re hitting the driver on your tee box, but it can be easier than you think to learn how to stop pulling the ball left while golfing. Golf is a mental game and having a good visualization of what to do right is a start. After that, you'll need to work on your mechanics.
- Understand why you are hitting the ball left. In golf, it’s easy to fix things if you can conceptualize the problem, so you need to understand why you are pulling the ball left while golfing—also called “hooking” the ball for a right-hander. What you are most likely doing is turning your hands over too much as you swing, causing you club face to be “closed” or turned over at the point of impact. Instead of being square with the ball, this turned club face puts a counter-clockwise spin on the ball, sending it off to the left.
- Square the club face at impact. The key to stopping pulling the ball left—or to preventing a slice—is to “square” your club face at impact. In other words, the club face should be hitting ball neither turned too much over or with the face “open” pointing away from you. A flush hit with the club will send the ball flying straight.
- Practice exaggerating your swing. One way to work on squaring your club and stop pulling the ball left is to practice exaggerating your stance and swing until you get the right feel. Instead of standing with your feet parallel in line with your target, spin yourself around so that you are standing perpendicular to the fairway, looking directly ahead at the hole. Now take your normal swing with your body stretched way around. This exaggerated stance will almost guarantee that you can’t turn your club head over too much because you simply can’t achieve that motion in your present stance. You will feel, however, what it feels like to hit the ball with an open club face. Gradually move your feet back into proper alignment, trying several more shots until you reach a body position that hits a perfectly straight shot. The feel of this will help you build muscle memory and help you stop pulling the ball left.
- Keep your backswing arc in line. It’s easy to off-kilter on your backswing what with the 5,001 tips you’ve read about. Keep your backswing moving on an upward arc and not too much behind you. You can stop your backswing at its peak while on the range and see where your club falls. If it’s too far back over your right shoulder, you are more likely to have an inside angle on your swing, causing that spin and hook. Keeping your swing more upright will help you avoid pulling the ball to the left.