1. If you push the ball, you're moving your lower body toward the ball on your downswing. This blocks the path your hands take to impact, so the club gets stuck. You can fight off the block by flipping your hands, but this usually creates a hook.
FIX: Place a shaft through the two front belt loops on your pants with the grip end to your right. Make practice swings with a focus on keeping your chest pointing down and your hips back. This allows your arms to correctly swing in front of your body. Do it the old way and your arms will bump into the shaft.