How to Stop Hooking the Ball

My golf coach Garrett Louis, instructor for Top 50 Teacher In America and PGA Teacher Of The Year Martin Chuck’s, Tour Striker Golf Academy in Phoenix Arizona, teaches me how to stop hooking the ball.

Let’s talk about why you might be hooking the golf ball. I’d say this is probably only about 20% of the golfers out there, but nonetheless, still very frustrating. And this is something I myself struggle with when I get a little off, is I kind of hook the golf ball. So when I see golfers hooking the golf ball, they get to impact and they have a little bit too much access tilt, and it causes their path to be a little too into out, and then they get a little bit flippy.

They can’t quite turn the corner. And so what I want you to feel is I want you to, when you make your backswing, let’s see if we can transport a little bit more of a bent right elbow, a little longer rather than stalling, getting too much access to, and then stalling out our rotation.

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And then from there, we kind of are forced to straighten our right elbow too soon. And then we hit the outside part of the golf ball with a closed club face and it starts left and hooks even more. And so we have got to feel like we can have more rotation, less access tail. I’m turning my chest left and I’m keeping my right elbow bit a whole lot longer.

A drill I like to give people is I have them actually, I have them take a club, I have them flip it over, and you’re going to hold this in your trail hand. You’re going to make your backswing. And then from there, you’re going to toss that club out in front of you. And so what I want to feel with that is I want to feel that I can transport more of a bent right elbow. You wouldn’t toss that club and straighten your right arm back here. That club would go straight into the ground, you’d transport a little bit more of a bent right elbow, and you’d have a more rotation with that. And then take the club, hold it like normal, make a practice swing, and then step up to a golf ball and hit one.

Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast both on Apple and Spotify talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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