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So a hook shot or a shot that moves too much from right to left can often be caused by a golf swing that's a little bit too flat and a bit too much around the body, shifting the club face, pulling the swing path around, and dragging the ball down the left-hand side.

Now that can be caused by the body weight moving, actually moving the body weight around in the swing can change the plane of the swing and the position of the club at impact.

Now if I'm leaning backwards, that would appear to me that I'm going to pull out much move over my left shoulder. And if you watch any cricketers playing their cricket shots, often standing on the back foot and pulling it, those make the ball go over the left-hand side and we see golfers in a very similar position.

Opposite to that would be a golfer who very much gets their body weight in front of the golf ball and really drives through, particularly with their hips. That would reduce the possibility of the golf ball pulling down the left-hand side.

So if you're hooking the golf ball, just check that you're not standing on your back leg after you've hit the shot and that's going to make the ball go higher much more down the left-hand side like that one.

If you were to be able to drive your body weight forwards more, put yourself in this position, you would notice the face would stay a little bit more open, your swing path would keep traveling to the right-hand side and not pull too much to the left.

So a great exercise and a great drill for this is a walking-through exercise where we're going to make the swing happen nicely, but take a little step through the shots. It's the ultimate way to make sure my body weight is moving forwards and I'm not having my body weight to my back leg.

So as I make my swing here, I'm going to keep it balanced, but push forwards and step and that ball goes 30 yards more down the right-hand side of the fairway than the first one where I was leaning back and pulling and walking through and then stepping in. And, again, as a drill exercise, I would encourage you to do five where you walk through and then two normal swings.

Now I would stress with the normal swing, it feels like you're almost going to walk through. You just hold your balance right to the last second and then you go again. So you've got your walk-through drill and your non-walking through, but nearly drill actually feel quite similar to each other.

So it's five walk through, two normal swings, moving the hips and the body to stop the downswing, shifting to the front like a nearly walking through. That will help your balance be maintained a little bit more through the impact area, stop you leaning back and get rid of that awkward pull hook shot for you.