Tip to Stop Hooking the Ball

If you’re a player who tends to hit a hook, first count yourself fortunate. A hook is the last stop on the road to a good golf swing, and you’re very close to hitting consistent, powerful shots. But it’s still a ball-flight problem you need to take care of to make that next step and become a scratch or near-scratch player.

A strong grip is by far the most common error I see with players who curve the ball too much from right to left. The right hand drifts to the right–away from the target–and moves underneath the club, as shown in the photograph below. With the right hand in this position, it will tend to turn over too much through impact. Because the position of the right palm roughly replicates the club face, it’s easy to see why this turning over of the right hand causes the clubface to close and the ball to curve left.

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