🥇 Tips Drills and Instructions to Stop Hooking with Golf Driver
We are going to show you how to stop hooking with driver for good. Lets analyse why you have a hook and then how to fix it. We have drills here that you should try to get rid of hooking permanently.
At first , you need to understand, just like a slice pattern, it’s all about the club face. If you are a golfer who hooks at the golf course, curves the ball too much to the left, then your club face is too closed to your target path. Now why is it too close? It could be a lot of different things. Some of the things that you have to look are listed below:
Summary to Stop Hooking with a Golf Driver
- Grip – Strong grip causes hook. Make your grip slightly weaker!
- Ball position – Ball too far backward causes hook. Ball position inside the left feet (right-handed golfer)
- Swing path – Inside-out path causes hook. Make an outside-in swing path.
- Alignment – Bad alignment causes hook. Make sure feet knees, hips and shoulder are parallel to the target!
Table of Contents
What causes a hook with golf driver?
The following factors causes hooks with driver, as well as other clubs.
- Strong grip
- Ball position too far back
- Alignment that is too closed
- Swing path very inside-to-outside
Grip – Strong grip causes golf hook
Strong grip causes golf hooks. If you take a stronger grip, when it is really rotated clockwise, it would promote a more closed club face. You could also do some things during your backswing that would close the club face. We have to figure out why it’s closed.
Ball position – Ball too far backward causes golf hook
Now the second reason, is that the ball position too far backward causes golf hook. For most golfers who hooks or draws, it is usually associated with a ball position that is behind the ideal spot. So, you want to check this, meaning the more back the ball is in your stance, the more you are going to catch the ball on the inside part of the arc, so it hooks.
Swing path – Inside-out path causes golf hook
The third reason is that an inside-out path causes golf hook. Let’s assume that your club face is somewhat neutral, grip neutral, ball position is not too far back, the next factor is the path, that is very inside-to-outside. If you wanted to hit the biggest draw in the world, the first thing you would do is, you should start your path much more from inside out. You feel like you are swinging the club from inside, more to the right past impact. This path to the right results in a hook.
Alignment - Bad alignment causes golf hook
Bad alignment can cause hooking of the golf ball. If your feet, hips and the shoulders are aligned to the right of the target-line, then you will swing from an inside-out path. This will give the golf ball more hook spin and the ball curves dramatically to the left.
Grip - Fix hooking with weaker golf grip
A weaker golf grip can fix hooking. Here we are going to talk about a grip change, that can help you if you hook the ball too much. You may start the club facing at the target, at address, but by the time you get to the ball, during your downswing, the club face is aiming to the left. And that would put hook spin on the ball. So, you are starting with a square club face set up at address, but at impact your club face is closed. One cause of that could be, that your grip is too strong. That your left hand is turned too much, where you could see a lot of knuckles, maybe three or four knuckles. Your right hand is way rotated to the right. And even though you start in neutral position, by the time you come into the ball, your hands turnover, the club face aiming left and it puts hook spin on the ball.
A grip change that could eliminate that hook is a weaker grip, where your left hand would be turned more to the left, we would see two knuckles or less. Your right hand would be turned more to the left. Where the “V” line, between your thumb and index finger, is either at your chin or somewhere between your chin and your shoulder. And that very well could cure the hook. If you hook the ball terribly and frequently, then take your grip and move it way too much, we you can’t see any knuckles on your left hand and the right hand way over to the left, so that that “V” line is going to your left shoulder, you are going to slice the ball. You are going to lose that hook. So, you want to move it to the point where that hook becomes a little draw or straight ball. And in general if you hook too much, you could cure it like that very frequently if you take both hands and turn them counter-clockwise, so that you see two or less knuckles on the back of your left hand. And “V” line points to either your chin or slightly to the right of your chin. Weaken that grip, to lose that big hook.
Ball position – Cure hooking with correct ball position
A correct ball position can cure hooking. So, if you were going to take a normal set up, for the short to mid irons, you like to see the ball position somewhere between center of body and your shirt logo. We should avoid full swing shot with the ball to the right behind the center of your body. Now for you guys who hit hooks or draws, typically that’s associated with a ball position that’s farther back. So, the more back the ball is in your stance, the more you are going to catch the ball on the inside part of the arc, it hooks. If you have the ball position more neutral it would lessen that effect. If you have the ball position more forward it would be even less dramatic. You could always lessen your hook, if you just moved the ball more forward.
So, start with the simple stuff, make sure your grips not overly strong. Trying to hit a neutral shot or fade with a stronger grip? It’s possible, but make sure it’s not overly strong. Next check your club face. After you checked your club face, then its the ball position. Make sure the ball position, is not too far back. Test these tips first, to stop hooking.
Alignment – Stop hooking with correct alignment
A correct alignment helps you to stop hooking. If you are struggling with hooking off the tee, the next thing you want to do is to check your set up. When we talk about set up, it’s all about the alignments. When it comes to alignments, there is two parts to it. The first part is the club head alignment.
Club head alignment to cure hooking
If the club faces perpendicular to the target, then it’s called square. If you set up square in the beginning, there is higher chance that the club head is going to be traveling square throughout the whole swing. Thus, creating that square face at impact. But if your club face is pointing to the left, we call it closed. This is what creates a lot of hook spin. So if your club face is closed in the beginning, there is higher probability your club face is going to be traveling closed. At impact it’s going to go closed, creating that hook spin. Now let’s go into body alignment. Make sure that the club face is neutral to the target line, so you stop hooking.
Body alignment to cure hooking
As you take your set up; the toe-line, the knees, the hips and the shoulders should be aligned. So, all of these have to be parallel to the club head alignment. So basically, your body alignment is ever so slightly left of your target. If you set everything up square then most likely you will be able to get back to the golf ball at the desired angles, to make that club face square at impact. If you point your body alignment to the right, then it’s called closed, even though it’s the opposite way to the club head. A closed position is linked to hook spin. If your body is aligned to the right, the ball is going to go right. So, as you swing, your intuition is going to take over, and you either pull or yank it and try to get the ball to go to your desired target, which is left of your body alignment. So that’s why if you aim to the right, you have closed the target, then you are going to be hooking it. To fix the hook you want to check if your face is closed and if your body is closed. Those are the important things.
So, in order to check your own alignment, you can film yourself or you can use alignment sticks when you are practicing, to calibrate your eyes to what square is. The most important thing that’s going to help you is your set-up routine.
Correct golf set-up routine to stop the hook!
A good set-up routine can stop the hooking. Usually the pros set the club head alignment first and then set their body alignment. Have your feet together and your body open to the target, grip it and then we align the club to the target. And then your body goes parallel to that. Also find the ideal distance away from the ball, so that way you are never too close or too far from the ball. Let’s look at that again
- Put your feet are together and your body open
- Take the grip
- Align the club head
- Finally align your body, finding correct distance between yourself and the ball.
This is going to give you higher chances of going into the ball squarer and stop hooking.
Swing path - Cure Golf driver hook with correct swing path
We are going to look at the club path which can help you stop hooking. The golfers who hooks, often have the golf club stuck underneath. On the way down during a downswing, the club is too far behind them. The club swings too far out to the right of the target. As a result, we get the hook. We are going to give you a feeling, that you can have in the shoulders, that is going to help you get that club hopefully in a better position. Your body very much influences, what the club will end up doing. If we can get the body action better, we will often find that the golf club will be in better position and give you better shots.
Practice drills # 1 – Stop hooking with a Golf driver
Practice drills can definitely help you stop hooking with a driver. Take your address position, place that club across your shoulders. The feel we want you to have is, trying to keep the head relatively still, but once you make a back swing, you want to feel as if the grip he’s pointing more down to the left. Down to the left as opposed to the right. You can definitely feel that your path is lot more to the left of the target. Do a few rehearsals. This can create a little bit of fade in your shot. The only way you can eliminate your hook is, if your path is somewhere to the left of target line.
Practice drills # 2 – Fix hooking with a driver
For people who hook the ball a lot, the club gets stuck behind. Place a range bucket, just outside the right foot, with an alignment stick in the center. It should be a grip length outside your right foot, and inside the ball-line. As you swing, make sure that you don’t get the club clashing into the bucket or stick. If your swing is too much behind you and too shallow, it will hit the bucket and the stick. You need to get the path more out-to-in. So, to get the path more to the left, from the top your swing, you got to feel like you start to get your lead arm to move away from your trial shoulder, on the way down. And you going to start to feel like rotating your body, so the club get more out in front of you, as it is coming down. And then the path goes more to the left. This will create an out-to-in path and create a straighter or fade ball.
Q&A Stop Hooking with driver
What is a Snap hook in golf?
A snap hook in golf is when the ball moves dramatically in flight, from right to left (for a right-handed golfer). For a left-handed golfer the ball curves from left to right. The hook is mainly a result of a mis-hit, but can be also played intentionally. A hook is the opposite of a “slice” golf shot. Hook curves left and the slice curves right.
What is pull hook and push hook of a golf ball?
A pull hook is caused by aiming your body right of target while pointing the clubface to the left. This causes the ball to start left and curve further away to the left. A push hook is when you are aligned to the right, with an open club face. The ball will start at to the right and it curves further to the left.
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