You can eliminate your hook to become a better driver.
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When asked why he preferred to fade his drives, Lee Trevino once said, вЂњYou can talk to a fade, but a hook won't listen.вЂќ Ben Hogan left the tour early in his career because his hook had gotten so bad he couldn't get his driver airborne. To eliminate hooked drives like Hogan and Trevino, you need to fix your clubface position at impact. Hooks come from a closed face -- one that points left of the club's path for a right-handed player. You may also need to work on your club path, depending on where the ball starts before curving.1.
Look down at your grip. Golfers who hook often use a strong grip, with the hands turned too far to the right on the handle. Trevino recommends a neutral grip. Check your left hand. You should see only two knuckles of your left hand. The "V" formed by your thumb and forefinger on your right hand should point up toward your chin.
Check where you are aiming the clubface. If your start with a closed clubface at address, your chances of hitting it with a closed clubface at impact rise dramatically, swing coach Hank Haney points out in вЂњNo More Bad Shots.вЂќ Make sure the center of your clubface points down your target line.3.
Position your ball off your left heel at address. If the ball is too far forward, you may strike it after your face has closed. When your ball is back in your stance, you may start the ball to the right and curve it far to the left.4.
Widen your stance several inches by sliding your right foot several inches away from the target. Instructor Mitchell Spearman says moving your foot back will lower your center of gravity and your right shoulder. From this position, Spearman suggests you make three-quarter swings. This will keep your hips from sliding forward, which leads to an early release and a hook.5.
Let the clubhead rotate naturally on the backswing. To prevent hooking, the clubhead needs to stay square to the arc of the swing. Hook sufferers often try to keep the club square, but end up closing the clubface, producing their hooks. When you let your forearms and clubface rotate, the club stays on the correct swing plane, Haney says.6.
Swing the club down in front of your body. Players who hook the ball often approach impact with the club swinging from too far inside. The only way they have to square the clubface is to flip their wrists, producing a hook. Tiger Woods writes that he likes to feel gravity pull his arms down in front of his chest.7.
Square the back of your left hand to the target at impact. Haney believes the back of the left hand controls the clubface. If you have a proper grip, feel like you rotate your left hand so the back of the hand points at the target when the clubhead strikes the ball. Your clubface should be square at that point.
- Practice balls
- At the time of publication, many drivers on the market allowed players to adjust the clubface angle to favor right-to-left curves or left-to-right curves. If you have that type of driver, experiment with the face angle to reduce a hook to a draw, or even a straight shot.