Fix Your Hook Once and For All by Using These Golf Tips

by Simon Butler

It’s easier to fix a hook than you might think. The key to correcting this problem is successfully identifying what’s causing you to hit your ball wide left. Several things can be responsible for a nasty hook, but here are four useful tips to try if you want to fix your hook permanently.

Fix Your Hook Tip No. 1:

A hook is caused by your ball spinning counter-clockwise while it’s in the air. The faster the spin, the more severely your ball will hook to the left. Counter-clockwise spin is imparted to the ball when you strike it with a closed club face. For right-handed golfers, this means your club face is pointing left; for left-handed golfers the club face is pointing to the right. The proper club face position at impact is square and neutral; that is, pointing straight at the target rather than left or right.

Fix Your Hook Tip No. 2:

Most swing experts believe the best place to start when you want to fix a hook is with the way you grip the club. You can easily check your grip by grabbing your driver and taking your normal stance and setup. Now, take a look at your hands. You should see two knuckles showing on your left hand if you’re right-handed. If you do, your grip is neutral, meaning it’s neither too weak nor too strong. If you see fewer than two or three or more knuckles, you’re gripping the club incorrectly, either too weakly or too strongly.

As you can see, it’s easy to tell if you’re beginning with the correct type of grip. It gets trickier when you’re evaluating the angle of your club face. Look down the shaft and look at the club face. It’s probably square, as it should be. However, even if your club face is square at address, if your grip is too strong it might not stay that way during your downswing and at the point of impact. As your club moves down toward the ball, your hands will tend to shift to a more neutral grip, which will force the club face to close when it reaches the impact zone. The result of this closing club face is a hook.

When you want to fix a hook permanently, you’ll need to honestly evaluate your grip. Many golfers either refuse to change their grip or won’t put in the practice they need to if they do. Eventually these golfers return to their bad old grip habits.

Fix Your Hook Tip No. 3:

Assuming your grip is neutral, check your balance. Don’t place your weight on your heels; instead, put it on the balls of your feet. This weight distribution will permit a smooth hip turn and allow you to remain balanced throughout your entire swing. Hooks are common with golfers who are off balance at impact.

Fix Your Hook Tip No. 4:

If you’re a right-handed golfer your left arm must be straight while your club strikes the ball. A friend or playing partner can watch you hit a few times and let you know if you’re bending your left arm in the impact zone. Once again, anything that results in a closed club face at impact will cause a hook.

One or more of these four tips will probably fix your hook. Try them one at a time, hitting several balls while you incorporate the principles mentioned in each tip. Some minor adjustments might be necessary to hit the ball straight. Learning how to fix a hook permanently is basically a process of elimination, so be patient – it will probably take some time and practice.

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