It’s not as challenging as you may think. Learning fix that hook in your game starts by determining its cause.
So what is a “hook”? Well, every golfer has experienced when the ball flies wildly left. That’s a hook.
There are a number of reasons why a ball will hook. If you want to learn how to fix that hook once and for all, here are some tips that should help.
1. The reason the ball flies to the left is that it is spinning in a counter-clockwise direction as it takes flight. The faster it spins, the more severe the hook to the left will be.
The spin on the ball is created when it is hit with a closed club face. Quite simply, if you’re a right-handed golfed, your club face is pointing left; and for a left-handers, pointing right. Of course, ideally it should the club face should be square and neutral – meaning its not pointing right or left.
2. The first thing you should check when trying to fix a hook is your grip. There’s an easy test you can do.
Get your driver and address the ball like usual. Look at your hands. At least two knuckles from your left hand should be visible (if you’re right-handed). This is what is called a “neutral grip.” It’s not too strong, nor too weak. If you see less than two knuckles or more than three, you’re gripping your club improperly.
Next, look down the shaft to the club face. It should be square.
There’s a good chance, though, that even though you line up your club square during your set up, it will not be square during your swing at the point of impacting the ball. As you swing your club, your hands move to a more natural position forcing the club had to close.
For golfers that are plagued by a persistent hook, it’s very important to closely assess your grip. A lot of times golfers will refuse to adjust or change their grip, or they won’t spend the necessary time to practice with a new grip and they slide back into the old bad habits.
3. So your grip is fine, what now? The next stop in learning how to fix that hook is to check your balance. A lot of times, golfers put their weight on their heels. That’s wrong. You should have your weight on the balls of your feet. This allows your hips to rotate smoothly. With the weight on your heels, you’ll more than likely be off balance at impact and you’ll watch your golf ball sail left.
4. One of the more challenging things is to make sure your left arm is straight at impact (for right-handers). As we get older, we don’t have as much flexibility, and often times we compensate by bending our arm. An easy way to check it to have a friend watch you hit some balls. Your friend can let you know if you’re bending your arm.
Work your way through each of these tips and hit several practice balls along the way. One of these tips may be just the right thing to solve your problem. Remember to make all of your adjustments incrementally – don’t make a radical change in your grip or stance. Make minor shifts and hit a few practice balls. It may take some time, but with some effort on your part, you’ll identify the problem and learn to fix that hook.