A big +1! Listen to the lady.Hi Cbyl
Low and left is a classic beginner's mistake with pistol shooting. It's caused by squeezing the hand as you pull the trigger. Squeeze the trigger, ONLY, not the hand. Try this. Extend your shooting arm out, trigger finger extended, then squeeze the rest of your hand. You'll see your trigger finger get pulled low and to the left. That's all it takes to also pull the muzzle low and left and, therefore, your shots. Squeezing the trigger, only, takes a little practice, but it will soon become automatic.
+1To prove the point, let a skilled shooter fire your weapon and see if that person has the same problems you are experiencing. Usually the range manager will offer to help.
Good advice concerning the laser Machinist. It will show any movement at all.Lot's of good advice here. In training new shooters it is important to train them to grip the gun firmly rather than trying to grip it as they pull the trigger. Dry firing practice with focus on gripping the gun firmly is important. I found a laser sight very useful in training my wife, especially to shoot a J frame revolver double action. It really shows the movements without having to go to the range. I find that when one can point, aim and shoot, quickly, with the laser staying on target with the trigger pull, it usually transfers nicely to the range, especially if a suitable load is used initially.
Glad to see you here and I hope you have a great time shooting and enjoy joining in our family here.