Golf Hook Swing Tip: How To Get Better Results
In golf, the term accuracy doesn’t just mean getting the small ball with dimples into the pin. A slight extra movement of an action can produce a result you dread. Take for example the hook. Players don’t have to make a major error to produce a hook; all it takes is a slight over rolling of one hand over the other during impact to cause a hook.
Is the golf hook such a problematic outcome? Absolutely, hooked ball curves towards the extreme left, going way off the mark. It’s all the more problematic if the ball lands in a rough or a hazard. Here are some swing tips to avoid the much-feared hook.
Strive for a vertical swing plane
When we say that you need to strive for a vertical or upright swing plane, we indirectly hint that anything flatter or horizontal is likely to cause the hook. At the top of the backswing, if the swing plane is lower than 45degrees, the swing is considered as flat. There is no standard swing plane angle to avoid the hook. It all depends on your address position and swing.
If you’re hitting too many hook shots it might be because you’re standing too far from the ball. Standing too far might force you to play a flatter swing producing a more inside to out swing path that closes the club face, resulting in a hook. For a more vertical swing plane stand closer to the ball.
Use pause at the top drill to avoid casting
The chance of a hook shot is higher if a golfer begins the downswing with the arms and hands instead of the shoulders, hips or the lower body. Initiating a swing from the top, using the arms and hands, is called Casting. Casting is the root cause of a number of problems including the hook shot.
Being aware of the problem and stopping a second or two to think over things can solve most of your problems. Take for example the ‘Pause at the top drill’ to stop casting. This is a simple drill. At the practice range, assume the normal setup and play a golf shot. Take the backswing to the top and just when you’re about to bring the club down pause for a couple of seconds and play the downswing.
Over rolling the right forearm over the left
We have talked about this before. Players hook the ball because they over roll the right forearm over the left, causing the club head to close, through the impact and the follow-through. You can avoid this from happening by consciously keeping the dorsal side of the left palm facing the target.