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Dr. Slice

Cannot stop pulling/hooking with my driver!

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For the last couple weeks the only shot with my driver has been a low pull-hook. Even though the hook really isnt that bad (more like a power draw). Sometimes the ball will just start out with a pull but no hook and sometimes it does hook.

At the beginning i thought the reason for it was my wrists just being too active but i have really worked on slowing them down and still nothing.

Im thinking it could by my hips maybe not going through enough but to me it seems like they are.

What else could be going wrong with a low pull-hook?

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The pull is not a result of over active wrists, the hook is. The pull is swing path. A simple drill to correct it is to put two alignment sticks or clubs about 4 inches apart (or the distance you feel comfortable with) and aim them at your target. If you come across the ball and pull it, you'll hit the stick. Swinging down the middle will give you the correct path.

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Recently I've had the same exact problem with my wood/hybrid and by just going through trial and error of trying to fix the problem at the range I've found that interlocking my right pinky/left pointer on my grip really straightens out the shot to a slight draw. I'm no pro but I'm sure it couldn't hurt to try it out if you haven't already!

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Today im going to the range and im going to work on my swing path and hopefully that will fix it. Even though im not a fan of the range because it seems whenever i go there i hit everything as straight as can be and then on the course its back to same ol' same ol'

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I had a pretty similar problem, low hooks, but I had some nasty hooks/pulls.

I would suggest trying to slice or fade it at the range. Make it feel like you're swinging away from the ball and see if you can slice/fade the ball. It is most likely a swing path that is too inside out. Also, trying to fade/slice will help you keep your hands from turning over too fast since you have to hold the face open as in come outside in on it.

This is what worked for me, hopefully it works for you.

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I was having the same problem. I am working with Erik and Golf Evolution (Dave/James) through Evolr.  Erik has me working on getting my hips more forward at impact. I did the weight forward drill Erik has posted on several other threads. He also had me flare my left foot more which was restricting my hip slide and focus on the feeling of my left knee going forward and down.  Results were good for the first round after the drills.  My drives were much higher and I had no pull hooks.

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Originally Posted by boogielicious

I was having the same problem. I am working with Erik and Golf Evolution (Dave/James) through Evolr.  Erik has me working on getting my hips more forward at impact. I did the weight forward drill Erik has posted on several other threads. He also had me flare my left foot more which was restricting my hip slide and focus on the feeling of my left knee going forward and down.  Results were good for the first round after the drills.  My drives were much higher and I had no pull hooks.

Great news b!

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low hook sounds like you have too much shaft lean at impact. make sure your head is not moving forward off the ball in the downswing as people often tend to do.

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low pull hook = duck hook?

I had this issue too with my new driver and actually what fixed me was having a square stance and hit normal.

I had a closed stance and it made me raise up on my body and specially shoulders and the wrists flipped.

So try a neutral stance, look at the target and hit normal, see if that helps you too as it did me.

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Welcome to my world (i.e. the last 3 years of my golfing career).  Although recently I was able to correct it, and turn it into a block the lands in the next zip code.  Hooray.   Getting ready to just leave the driver at home when I play, when it's said and done the net distance with my 3 wood is probably longer anyway.

BTW - if you're curious how I turned the hook into a block, it was from concentrating on getting my weight to my front foot...done through sliding my hips a little more forward during the downswing.  Just can't seem to find that happy medium though.  Good luck and post back here if you find something that works for you.

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Originally Posted by TitleistLefty

The pull is not a result of over active wrists, the hook is. The pull is swing path. A simple drill to correct it is to put two alignment sticks or clubs about 4 inches apart (or the distance you feel comfortable with) and aim them at your target. If you come across the ball and pull it, you'll hit the stick. Swinging down the middle will give you the correct path.



this is the perfect tip...best drill also!

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I live in this world also....whenever this creeps into my drives it is because my hands have moved quicker then my hips. Basically fatigue related where my lower body stops moving.

Here is a couple of items that work for me.

1. Slow down the backswing but make sure you bring it back as far as comfortable. THis allows the hips to open ahead of the club.

2. If you cant get #1 you can set up with your forward foot open and 2-3inches behind the target line. This will give your hips a head start. Make sure you have the ball even with the front heel

One other item to look at is the position of your hands at the top...sometimes I drop them too much which will cause a hook because the club face will close past center. I've experimented with moving the ball back in the stance to compensate but this is inconsistent but sometime produces a long bomb draw.

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Sometimes during a round, I'll start doing this too.  Here's what I do to help:

I've found that when I do this, it's when I'm trying to hit a draw and my stance has drifted from slightly aligned to the right (I'm a righty) to dead straight.  So the first thing I do is to be very conscious of my alignment at setup and make sure I'm slightly aligned to the right of my target.  Secondly, I envision a line slightly right of my target, and that's the line I try to take with my club (from downswing to follow through).  Lastly I try to be more conscious of the club face at impact and try not to turn my wrists over so much...this is probably what contributes to my duck hooks the most...an over closed face.

Also, when I starting doing this I slow down my back swing and only go about 3/4 on the back swing.  I lose distance, but at least it's in the fairway...

My hardest holes are dog legs to the right because my best drives are draws.  I haven't mastered the fade yet; I basically have to lay up with an iron.

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