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Hooking more than usual - Please Help

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Hi Everyone,

I am new to the forms here but need some input if you can give it. I have been hooking the ball more than I want too lately. I need some feedback. I just want to see what everyone thinks of my swing and can help identify why I may be hooking the ball as of late. Any help is going to be much appreciated.

Thanks,

TGB

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Hey

I might be wrong here but it could be your take away. It looks like your wrists press forward forcing the club to go way out and when you come back down its causing a hook.

Try getting a much more 1 piece takeaway.

Once again I may be wrong but thats all that really jumps out when I watched the video.

Good luck

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That is a very nice swing. I am not as good a golfer as you but you might try an inch wider stance and a little straighter right leg on the back swing. That might help keep your upper body centered.

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It is hard to tell from the video but your  club appears to be open 12" behind the ball, you must close it hard to get it to be closed at impact.

That is a hard timing move.  If you could get a higher frame rate I would look for and work on a slightly closed face when the club is parallel to the ground on the down swing so you don't have to close it so fast.  Releasing it fast with that much rotation is difficult over time.

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Originally Posted by inthecup

It is hard to tell from the video but your  club appears to be open 12" behind the ball, you must close it hard to get it to be closed at impact.

That is a hard timing move.  If you could get a higher frame rate I would look for and work on a slightly closed face when the club is parallel to the ground on the down swing so you don't have to close it so fast.  Releasing it fast with that much rotation is difficult over time.


I agree with the bolded bit above.

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Two key things I see here. Before I start, you have a nice tempo and generate some nice clubhead speed. Nice weight transfer and a very nice follow through and finish.

Pause the video at two spots. 1) Your takeway is the big issue. I tried freezing the video at the time when this is most obvious and put it in this reply, but I couldn't get it to post correctly. But pause just before you begin the takeway and then move it frame by frame from there you'll see what I'm talking about. When you take the club away, you open it up, and I mean it's WIDE open (I used to do the same thing myself). That normally would create a slice (as the face would still be open at impact) but like inthecup said, you've probably learned to over-correct that error and you really force it closed, so much so it's closed at impact (and probably still turning even more shut) which is going to generate a hook spin on the ball.

2) Pause it at the top of your backswing. You have the club pointed way to the right of the target line. They call that 'across-the-line.' One big problem caused by an across-the-line position is a hook. Again though, I think you're getting into that poor position at the top of your backswing due to the way you're taking the club back. Ideally, the shaft should be parallel to the line

You're breaking your wrists, which opens the clubface and is making you take the club back too far inside, leading you to be across-the-line at the top. Next time you're at the range, work on keeping the clubface square to the ball as long as you can on your takeaway. As you rotate normally it will open properly.

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