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So ball that’s hooking off for the right handed golfer for moving too far from right to left, too much side spin or more importantly too much tilted back spin. And that titled back spin comes from the fact that the swing path and the club face aren’t lined up together. And the club face is going to be closed in relation to the swing path. So the club face being close used for a right handed golfer for aiming left in relation to a swing path and that put too much on a curve spin on the ball. So the club face is generally controlled by what your hands are doing.

Now, if you've got a good grip to start with and the club face is aiming square and straight to start with, that’s great. But we also need to ensure that the club face is aiming straight through the impact face. If the club face is aiming left in relation to the swing path line, there could be too much spin imparted. Now, your hands are responsible for the position of the club face most of the time during the down swing. And if there’s too much rotation and too much flicking of the hand of action, particularly prior to impact and you're closing the club face too much, that’s going to cause that low hook shot happen. You take left off the golf club, you face it to the left hand side and it starts to curve away too much.

So one thing I really like to focus on here is, just what happens with your front hand. So if the right handed golfer, your left hand. And if you've got the glove on, just watch what the badge does because the badge is quite a good reflection of what the club face does. If I grip my left hand correctly, my left hand and my club face, my badge and my club face actually point the same direction. If this turns down so does this. More importantly if this turns up so does this. So if I'm hooking the golf ball a really nice drill and exercise would just be to chip the ball away but make sure the badge faces the sky. Therefor the clubface faces the sky. Therefore the ball can't turn over and go to the left because if I hit that to the sky, chances are its impact, the face would have been pointing much more to the right hand side than it was previously.

So as a good exercise, take at anytime, take 10 golf balls stand on the practice ground and point the badge to the sky, chip the ball away and in finish position stop here and see where that badge was pointing to. So I stress it’s not a full swing. It’s not the big release to the finish. It’s just a chip and hold the badge up to the right hand side. The face will be open and the ball will go to the right. That’s a great way of eradicating your hook. Once you've got that happening you can hit the ball more to the right. You can soften this off a little bit and just let it relax. And it might start to bring the ball a little bit more around to the center line. When you're happy with how much rotation of the left hand is producing a nice straight shot. That’s when you got your left hand in a good position. If you turn the badge down too much, you start to hook it. If you keep the badge too much up to the sky, you start to block it. But as a drill keep that badge up to the sky, stop the hands turning over so quickly. Slow them down a little bit and that will stop your hook shots from happening too frequently as well.