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How should I fix my hooking golf shots? Now the first thing to actually kind of point out and the first thing to recognize is what a true hook shoot actually is. Because there’s quite a lot of confusion out there between the different ball flights. A hook shot will start to the right of your intended target, before veering quite wildly in the air until it finishes along way to the left hand side. So a hook shot starts right, curves left in the air and finishes well left of the target. Now a hook shot is caused when the club comes through impact on an in to out path. So that means it comes from the inside of the body and swings out to the right of your target. Now that path can cause a number of different things which is a push, so with a hook the clubface needs to be closed. So you are coming from an inside path swing in to the outside, but the clubface is closed to both the path and the target. And that’s why you get the violent motion of the hook shot.

Now a hook can also be quite disruptive because it can be quite low, it can now cause a number of problems when you are on the course. Now what you need to do to actually make sure that a hook doesn’t affect your game is check a couple of things; your grip, your path and then your clubface position to impact. As far as the grip is concerned most people who hook the ball have a strong grip. So their left hand is very much on the top of the club as they look down they can see three or four knuckles. And their right hand is very much underneath the club. So when they look down they can see no knuckles at all. And what actually happens is coming into impact those palms will return to face each other and the clubface will become closed. So a strong grip a closed clubface in a normal neutral path that will cause a shoot to go straight left. But if you add the in to out; club path, that’s when you get the hook movement. So if you are struggling with a hook the first thing to check is the grip, if that is brought back to neutral then you; need to check the path. And if those two things are working in harmony then the ball should come out a lot, lot straighter.

One thing you don’t want to be doing to actually try and fix a hook is beginning to aim further to the right. The more you actually aim to the right of the target the more you are likely to actually hook the ball. Because your brain will tell your body you need to get it back to the target and it will actively encourage the clubface to be closed and the path to come in to out. So if you are struggling with a hook check your grip, check your path and then check your clubface position impact. And don’t simply rotate your body more around to the right hand side. It’s a quick fix and it won’t help you going forward.