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MissouriHacker

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I've been Playing Golf for: 7 years

My current handicap index or average score is: 84

My typical ball flight is: Draw

The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Hook! When I try to play the hook, it disappears, and pushes way right!


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First off, kudos for shooting in the 80's. I think your hook is coming from your path. its definitely outside to in, like your swiping across the ball. The backswing is good, but in the transition you can see how your hands come across your body and end up on the other side of you, and stop. Try getting the feeling of your body, arms and hands swinging as a unit, not disconnecting from each other. A tip I saw from a couple pros was to place a tee in front of and to the right of your ball. About 4-6 inches in front. Get the thought of trying to take that tee out after impact. This will force you to swing more in to out. If your hooking and not slicing the face is closed and swinging in to out should create a draw. I think you may be too steep at the top as well, see how the club is strait up and down at the top of the backswing. Maybe try and flatten that out a little bit.

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A little too close

I get that a lot! Must be true!

First off, kudos for shooting in the 80's. I think your hook is coming from your path. its definitely outside to in, like your swiping across the ball. The backswing is good, but in the transition you can see how your hands come across your body and end up on the other side of you, and stop. Try getting the feeling of your body, arms and hands swinging as a unit, not disconnecting from each other. A tip I saw from a couple pros was to place a tee in front of and to the right of your ball. About 4-6 inches in front. Get the thought of trying to take that tee out after impact. This will force you to swing more in to out. If your hooking and not slicing the face is closed and swinging in to out should create a draw. I think you may be too steep at the top as well, see how the club is strait up and down at the top of the backswing. Maybe try and flatten that out a little bit.

Thanks man, I'll definitely try that. I started my golf career with a slice, and now I have a hook with the long sticks. Your drill sounds like it will help me come from the outside in at impact, so I'll definitely try that! Thanks!

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An outside in path will not cause a hook. You telling him to come more from the inside will only cause his hook to get worse. His swing path causes the hook not Clubface. Look up the new ball Flight laws. My advice would be to not come too much from the inside. A closed face from inside out swing will cause a pull draw/hook, square face from inside out swing will cause a straight draw, and an open face will be s push draw. Keeo in mind the face is relative to swing path. If the face gets too open or closed and squares up to swing path it will cause pushes and pulls. Hope this makes sense :-)

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An outside in path will not cause a hook. You telling him to come more from the inside will only cause his hook to get worse. His swing path causes the hook not Clubface. Look up the new ball Flight laws. My advice would be to not come too much from the inside. A closed face from inside out swing will cause a pull draw/hook, square face from inside out swing will cause a straight draw, and an open face will be s push draw. Keeo in mind the face is relative to swing path. If the face gets too open or closed and squares up to swing path it will cause pushes and pulls. Hope this makes sense


I understand what your saying. but if his "hook" disappears when he tries to play it, that says to me that his face is square to even open. I could obviously be wrong, but if hes "playing" it, that says to me he lines up to the right. When he does this, hes probably swinging more along his foot line and not coming over the top. If that's the case, his face has to be square to open at impact to create a push/slice. Obviously clubface orientation is most of the balls starting direction, then path determines whether the ball incurs left or right spin. But by fixing the path to a more in to out, he can get away from the two sided miss, then fix the consistent miss with grip or ball positioning.

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