When a right-handed golfer hits a Hook, the ball starts its flight
to the left of the desired path, and spin
on the ball creates a dramatic curve further
to the left (it's just the opposite for left-handed
WHY IT HAPPENS
When you hook the ball, the club face is CLOSED
at the point of contact. This means that it
angles to the left of the direction you want
the ball to go. As a result, the ball goes
to the left of your desired line. With a hook,
your swing path is also INSIDE OUT, which
means that the club's path starts INSIDE the
desired ball path and finishes OUTSIDE of
that path. This puts a vicious counter-clockwise
spin on the ball, taking it sharply to the
left as it travels through the air.
HOW TO FIX IT
- Square your swing path
- Your stance may not be aligned correctly
Here's how to tell: if you're a right-handed
golfer and put a club across your toes after
addressing the ball, the shaft of the club would
point to the right of your desired target. With
a square stance, the line will be parallel to
the line of desired ball travel.
- You may be standing too far from the ball
Try moving a little closer to the ball at the address. In the correct posture, your upper arms should lightly touch your chest , and you should be in balance.
- Make sure that your elbow position is correct
Your back elbow , that's the right elbow for
a right-handed golfer , should be even with
the front elbow. Many players try to tuck the
back elbow against the torso, thereby creating
an inside out swing.
Generally, simply squaring the swing path will
also eliminate the problem of the closed club
face. But if you've still got a closed club face
, the P3ProSwing™ will tell you , then it's
- Take a look at your grip
Grip your club and address the ball. Notice
the "vee" formed by the joint between your thumb
and forefinger on each hand? With a proper grip,
the vee on both hands should point towards your
back shoulder , the right one, if you're a right-handed
- Check your clubface at address
The leading edge of your club should be perfectly square to the sensor slots on your P3ProSwing™ before you swing. If you begin with the clubface closed, you won't be able to square it during the swing. This is a very common mistake, by the way, and the sensor slots on your P3ProSwing™ will help you 'cheat' your visualization while you learn!
- How's your balance?
As you start your backswing, your weight should flow with the clubhead. At the top of your backswing most of your weight should be on your back foot (that's the right foot if you're a right-handed golfer). At the finish of your swing, most of your weight should be on your front foot , and you should be in balance.
Swing tempo, by the way, is important. Many people who hook 'em are trying to swing to fast. Slow your swing down a little bit, and stay in balance.