October 09, 2018 at 03:34 PM
By Patrick D
Does anyone have any advice? I am hitting my least favorite shot with the driver which is a hook that starts off right of the target line, then hooks with zero height.
My usual fundamental that I go back to is keeping my spine angle through impact, but nothing at this point is working. It's not a grip issue, if anything I have a tendency to revert back to a grip that is too weak in order to avoid the hook.
I have tried practicing with my feet together, but it's not translating to the course.
Chuck ZMt Pleasant, SC
Seth ROverland Park, KS
Rick V., Team Titleist StaffDuxbury, MA
October 10, 2018 at 07:29 PM
A screaming hook is a very frustrating shot to deal with. There's just no negotiating with it. What's worked for me in the past is to work primarily on path. Usually a violent hook is a combination of a exaggerated path that's coming too far from inside-out , coupled with a quick release where the wrists roll over and the clubface closes down. When these happen together, you get a ball flight that starts right of target like you describe and then dives quickly to the left, almost like it has topspin.
A good way to work out of this is to train using the opposite. In your current pattern it sounds like your path is moving out to the right and at impact your clubface is closed (facing left, relative to the path). So it might help to practice some shots where you make your path travel out to in while at impact, you keep your clubface open (right of the new cut path). If you do it right, you'll hit some big banana slices that start left or your target line and curve to the right.
Once you get the hang of this opposite condition, you can start reigning it in to find the happy medium between the hook and the slice. Hit a big slice, then hit a big hook. Then try to hit one where the path is a compromise between the two extremes. This should help to train a more neutral path and a more natural release (vs. hanging on to the clubface [slice] or flipping the club over [hook] ).
Here's a diagram that might help, too. Good luck! Let us know how you make out.
Tyler HAppleton, WI
Sean MKansas City, MO
December 28, 2018 at 08:15 PM
Those that hook are in good company! Ben Hogan's 1955 interview discussion:
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