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When Hooking, Open The Face!!

Typically when someone hooks the ball, their swing path tends to travel on an in-out path. This simply means that on the through swing, the club travels from inside the ball which we would say 7 o'clock (6 o'clock is straight behind the ball) to 1 o'clock which is to the right. The more in-out the path is, the more you can be prone to hook the ball. To hook the ball, the club head just needs to be closed to the path line.

When you start to experience the hook, the best way to overcome this is to learn how to hit a 'cut' which is the exact opposite as it makes the ball drift to the right. The first step is to ensure your path is coming back correctly. More specifically forming a straight line with the club head and the hands when you reach parallel to the ground on the backswing. You also need to make sure that you are roughly keeping the same distance from the hands to the body when you reach this position.

The big reason why the path travels in-out is because the swing is reacting to the fact that the clubface is closed on the backswing. Ensure you have this diagnosed correctly first by placing on the camera or seeing a professional. The first step then is to start rotating the face more at the beginning while keeping the path the same to the first position. Try and aim to have the 'toe' of the club pointed to the sky when the club reaches parallel to the ground.

Once you can start to feel this and see it change on the camera, the next step is to feel that you're swinging more to the left on the follow through. If you have rotated the club more open on the backswing, this feeling of swinging more left should come pretty naturally. This is because as mentioned before the swing reacts to what the clubface is doing. When you swing left, also try and feel the clubface is still open as well.

The more you do this, the more over time the path will change as will the clubface. Obviously just monitor this as if you feel you've started to see some 'cut' shots that are going too much to the right, you will then need to pull back on this exercise.

If you need any further help with stopping your hook, just book in with myself at David Waters Golf.

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