How to Stop Hooking a Golf Ball?
Sometimes, you would have heard from other more professional players than yourself that it would be more challenging to learn how to fix a hook in golf than it would to learn the technique of fixing a slice. In my opinion, it is completely wrong as the reasons for a slice in golf are really similar to that of a hook, the main thing is that they are just opposite.
Why you hook a golf ball?
In general, there are two main reasons for slicing a golf ball: the path of swing is on an out-to-in trajectory and the club face is open on impact. In some situations, it would be a combination of both. The sharper an out-to-in plane of the swing is, the more a golf ball would slice.
And the hook is completely the opposite. The face of the club is closed at impact on a hook, and the swing is usually on an in-to-out plane. As a result, the path of the balls will make it fly out from the body, and then hook back around.
The first thing you need to do in curing a hook in golf is the club face on impact. In general, a lot of hooks are caused when you close the club face on impact mainly because of early rotation of your wrists. Before the golf club strikes a golf ball, the bottom thumb might turn too early. As a result, it might be down to not following through properly, turning over your wrists too early, or in several cases, opening up the hips too soon.
How to deal with a hooking shot?
The first important thing you need to do for stopping a hooking shot in your game is to be sure that your wrists and hands are in the proper position before hitting a golf ball with the club. For example, your wrists should not turn over before you strike a ball. To figure out if this is the leading cause for your hook, hit a couple of chip shots with a 7-iron club. If you are still hooking the golf ball, then the problem would be from your wrists. Keep striking chip shots till you would be able to hit the golf ball in a straight path.
The next common problem is the movement of your body and the shift of your weight when making a golf swing. Take a 7-iron club again and try to make a full swing. If you are still making a hooking shot with the ball, the problem would lie in your hands, which lead the swing rather than your legs and hips. In other words, your arms are making the downswing and causing your legs as well as your hips to be left behind.
To deal with this matter, you have to try making a slow exaggerated golf swing. In some situations, stop at the top of a backswing if you need to. Pay attention to leading a downswing with your legs and hips, which are followed by the arms. This is a kind of chain reaction in which your legs and hips lead first, then your hands and arms will follow naturally.
Make sure to practice this slow golf swing as frequently as you have to. Always remember that your wrists should be straight during a downswing, and do not turn them before you strike the golf ball. In addition, bear in mind that your hands need to follow through to a target after striking the ball rather than around the body (which is kind of similar a swing in baseball).
If you practice this technique in a regular basis, you would eventually be used to the sense of the hook golf swing. Thus, you would start to strike the ball a lot more consistently and straighter. We hope you can fix your golf hook in the next game.