Friday, March 9, 2012

Fixing Hookers (Golf Swing)

"Fixing Hookers (Golf Swing)"
By Sean & Stef

It's said that 90% of golfers are prone to slice the golf ball.  In fact, golf teachers could make a living on just fixing a slicers alone.  However, you do run across golfers who couldn't slice a ball if they tried and tend to snap hook their shots into the woods or someone's living room.  What causes a hook?  A hook is caused by a closed club face at impact.  Assuming the club's path is straight through impact but the face is closed, the ball will slide off the face with a counter clockwise spin (for righties).  What causes the club face to be closed?  There are a few possibilities:

1)  Not enough body rotation through the golf swing causing the club face to close prematurely

2)  Premature flipping of the wrists through impact causing the face to shut

3) Not enough grip pressure on the club

4)  Too strong a grip on the club, or in other words too much pressure on the right half of the grip causing an imbalance and thereby closing the face

So how do we fix this?  What we need to do first is analyzing the exact ball flight we have.  For example, say the ball starts 5-7 yards right of the target and crosses over, that's a shot we can probably live with.  If the ball is flying way right and hooking deeply back over to the left, our path may be too far to the outside with a closed face.  My first goal would to start the ball on the correct line towards the target.

Next, let's make sure the basics are sound meaning our grip is more towards neutral and we have some rotation of our left arm which will roll to our right on the backswing so we can shut the face coming through. Check the sequencing of your swing, are we starting our hands too early or do we need to accelerate our body rotation.   Experiment with these issues and you'll find ways not only to straighten the hook out, but also to shape shots.