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Hooking the ball

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PROBLEM: Hitting the ball with a closed clubface, causing 
shots to curve to the left.

The first thing you should do is check your grip.  The Vs in 
each hand should point over your right shoulder.  If they 
point farther right, your grip is too “strong” and could 
produce a closed face and a hook at impact – when the 
hands return to their normal position.   

If your grip is proper and you are still hooking, try weakening 
your grip by gradually moving both hands to the left.

Check your stance to make sure that your feet, knees, hips 
and shoulders are parallel to your target line.

One cause could be the ball location.  If it is too far back, it 
could produce an excessive in-to-out swingpath.

Grip club more in the palm of your hands, rather than the 
fingers, to reduce wrist action and premature closing of the 
clubface.

Make sure that your left wrist is not too relaxed at impact.   If 
it is, your right wrist will take over and close the clubface too 
early.

On the downswing, make sure that the action begins with 
your legs and body to guard against wrists unhinging and 
closing the clubface too soon.

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Written by Sir Old Golfer

January 27, 2009 at 11:05 am

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