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Video:Correcting a Hook

with Michael Lamanna

The hook is a common shot missed in golf. If you understand the factors that cause a hook and make a few adjustments to your swing, it can be easily corrected. See how it's done.See Transcript

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Transcript:Correcting a Hook

Hello! My name is Michael Lamanna, Director of Instruction with Troon Golf at the world famous Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale Arizona.

One of the common miss-hit shots in golf is the hook. If you understand the factors that cause a hook, then make a few adjustments to your swing, it can be easily corrected.

Direction control in golf is caused primarily by the face position and path direction of the club at impact. Hookers of the ball arrive at impact with a closed club face.

Correcting a Hook

To correct the hook, the right hand golfer should make the following change to square the face of the club:

  1. Make sure that the V's formed by your thumb and forefinger on both hands are set to point toward your right ear. This neutral position for the hands helps to produce a straight shot.
  2. During the back swing, make sure the club face is toe up when the shaft is parallel to the ground. This is a square position.
  3. At the top of the swing, make sure that your left thumb is directly under the shaft. This is a square position.

Hook Club Paths

Usually both the face and the path of the club must be changed to correct a slice.There are three paths that the club could follow. Using our clock for illustration, the paths for the right hand golfer is as follows.

  1. For straight shots, the club must stay on the inside of the target line. The club should swing into the ball from 6:30, then exit at 11:30.
  2. Slicers swing their club from outside to inside-5:00 to 11:00-which imparts slice spin on the ball.
  3. Hookers swing their club from inside-7:00 to 1:00-which imparts hook spin on the ball.

If you hook the ball, your swing angle is too shallow and your club swings from inside to outside.

Hook Practice Drill

Once you have corrected the face position issues, I suggest the following practice drill:

  1. Set a shaft in the ground one club length behind the ball and a club head length inside your target line.
  2. Angle the shaft so that it is the same as the lie angle of your golf club.
  3. Make practice swings that pass over the shaft.
  4. Practice hitting balls with the club passing over the shaft.
  5. Feel your swing working from outside to inside.

Once you understand the causes of a hook it can be corrected. Simply adjust your grip and then perfect your swing path. I think you will like the results!

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