By Paul Myers
While the slice might be the most common ball flight problem that amateur players face, a hook can be equally as damaging – if not more so – for those who fight it. When you start to hit a hook, you may start to fear that every shot is going to turn into a hook. That fear can lead toward tentative swings and all kinds of bad results. Confidence is vital in golf, and it is hard to be confident when you feel like every shot you hit has a chance of turning into a hook.
Start by Understanding the Problem
There are any number of problems that you can have in your swing which could create a hook, but it only make sense to start with an understanding of how the hook is created at impact in order to fix it.
For a hook to happen, you have to be swinging a bit out to the right with a club face that is well closed to the swing path. Assuming you are making good contact in the center of the club face (hitting on the outside of the club face or the part farthest away from you can also contribute to a draw or hook), the face-to-path relationship is what creates the problem.
So you need to find some way to get the face a little less closed to the path. We’ll leave it open to you as to how you do that, but understand that not having as severely closed of a club face relative to the swing path the impact dynamic that’s creating the problem.
It may help to make some slower swings and a bit of practice to get yourself to come in to impact without as much of that closed face.
There is Good News
As you are working through your issues and trying to turn the hook in to possibly only a draw, keep this in mind – you are probably very close to a good golf swing. Players who fight a fade or a slice are usually (but not always) less skilled players than those who are hitting a hook. While it is no fun to hit hook after hook on the course, your swing may only be a couple tweaks away from excellent results.
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