A pulled iron shot is a nuisance, in part because when you pull one you tend to repeat the mistake, much as you do when you start shanking. The pull, of course, does not look too bad; it does not hook or slice and feels firm coming off the club head, but it ends up 20 to 30 yards to the left of the green. There are three common causes for pulling an iron: 1) hitting the ball with an outside-in swing, 2) closing the club face somewhere during the swing and 3) starting with the ball too far forward in the stance. The first thing to do is check your stance. Every iron shot should be hit off the left heel, but no farther forward than that. Now concentrate on taking the club head back in a straight line and bringing it into the ball on the same straight line. Finally, make sure that the follow-through throws the club head out toward the hole and that you finish with your hands high, for a proper follow-through makes it almost impossible to pull the ball. If you feel that the rhythm of your swing is sound and that you are making good contact with the ball, you may succeed with the simplest cure of all for a pulled shot: try to push the shot instead. By concentrating on pushing the ball you may well move the club head into the proper groove.