Golf's Six Deadly Sins: Curing The Hook

Published 02/07/2012 07:29:00

A hook is the opposite of a slice. And while it isn't quite as common a fault, it is no less destructive and equally difficult to shake off. It's basically the result of the clubhead approaching the ball from way inside the target line. Coupled with a closed clubface this causes the ball to start right and bend severely to the left.

What causes the hook shot?

The problems generally start when the club is taken back way on the inside line with the clubface hooded . In other words, the club is pointed at the ground.

The shoulders are over-dominant  and there's not nearly enough arm-swing. When you're this far on the inside at such an early stage, it becomes very difficult to recover.

More than likely you'll either over-compensate by throwing the clubhead outside the line from the top, or, as in this case, continuing to swing on a severe out-to-in path. Coupled with a closed clubface, that's where your hook comes from.

The Cure: Get your swing back on track

Remember how we set about curing the slice in part one? Well, to cure the hook, we're going to do the opposite exercise by twisting slightly to the left.

Step 1

Address the ball as normal, only this time drag your left foot back so that the toe is level with your right heel. As you do this, it's very important to try and keep your shoulder-line parallel to the target.

Take a close look at your grip. Make sure you place your hands in a neutral position on the grip at address. Remember to keep the Vs formed by the thumb and forefinger on each hang pointed up towards your right eye.

Step 2

Look at the effect that this position has on your swing. The clubhead moves away from the ball more 'on line'.

Step 3

Your arm-swing is more in tune with your body rotation, which also results in a better position at the top of the backswing.

Step 4

Instead of hitting the ball from way inside the line, which is what causes the hook, you'll start to train a more on-line downswing attack.

Step 5

Having your left foot drawn back also forces you to clear your left side in the downswing through impact - another factor which helps eliminate the damaging hook.


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