Hooking the ball is something that even the world’s best golfers struggle with from time to time. In the video and article below, PGA pro Trey Niven is going to talk about how this destructive shot happens and shares some handy tips that will help you fix this swing fault.
It’s more common for golfers to struggle with cutting across the ball and hitting a slice but a hook is arguably more dangerous. For right-handers, it happens when the clubface points well left of the club path at impact. The start line is mostly dictated by the club, so the wider this face-to-path relationship is, the more the ball is going to curve in the air.
And the irony is that people who hook the ball tend to aim further and further right, which just increases this gap and makes the problem worse. Here are the faults I commonly see.
The first one is the grip. The majority of golfers who hook the ball have a strong golf grip, with their hands rotated away from the target (to the right for right-handers). This means when the club is released under motion and the hands return to neutral, it points left.
To adopt a more neutral golf grip, put the lead hand more on top of the club, so the ‘V’ created between your thumb and index finger points roughly towards your trail shoulder. Then slot the other hand on top so it feels comfortable and give both hands a little squeeze together to develop an understanding for how this should feel. You should see one to two knuckles on each hand looking down, which is going to give you a lot more control of the clubface.
The next fault occurs in the golf swing takeaway. Early on, people hood the face and whip the club away on the inside. This combination causes the club to point down towards the ground, making it difficult to square up at impact with any consistency.
Here’s a really good tip. Get into your driver address position, aiming towards your target with a neutral grip, and then put your trail hand out as if you’re shaking hands with someone standing to your right. Once you’ve done that, simply swing your lead hand into position and you’ll notice the clubface is much squarer.
If you think of the swing like a chain, if you change something at the start of the chain, it will affect everything else along the way. Practise these two things and your ball flight will start to straighten up.
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