And I want to talk a little about: How do
we fix the dreaded hook? It’s a shot that, really, a lot of high-level
players fear, including myself. I think a lot of the guys and gals on the
tour really are afraid of hitting a hook, particularly under pressure, you know, when
the adrenaline’s going. They want to be aggressive, they want to be
able to swing hard, but the last thing they want to do is start hooking the golf ball. You just feel like you don’t have much control
over what’s going on if you’re starting to hit big hooks. So, let’s talk a little bit about how you
can maybe control that, how you can fix that, and what are the causes of a hook. So, the first thing that we should look at,
number one, is your club face, you know, what is your club face like at the top of the swing. If your club face is pointing to the sky,
then it’s closed. And what I mean by that is, if I go from here
and take it back down to impact without any manipulation, you can see that that face is
going to be going way left to my target line. So, we have to address this, so let’s take
a look at our grip. A lot of you out there may have a grip that’s
a little too strong. And what I mean by that is, it’s probably
too much in your fingers, turned too far to the right, and you might be able to see all
five of your knuckles, too many. And what happens when someone grips the club
like that, typically, their other hand, their right hand is far too far under the club,
and when they take the club back, they get it in this position here, and you can see,
that face is pointing to the sky. And if I bring that down, that face now is
pointing way left. So, that’s strike one as far as trying to
beat the hook, so let’s get the proper grip going. Let’s hold the club up, make sure the grip
runs diagonally from the base of our forefinger to underneath our heel pad, and when we close
our hand over the top of the grip, you can see now, when I look down, I can see two and
a half, maybe three knuckles. And I would consider that a neutral grip,
and pretty much used by most players, and I think it really enhances the chances of
the club face being in a better position at the top. Your right hand is going to fit on there,
mostly in your fingers, and the V formed by that forefinger and thumb, along with this
V, should point somewhere between your neck and your right shoulder. So, those of you who have the grip turned
too far to the right, check that out, and maybe make a little adjustment and turn it
a little more to the left. Occasionally, I’ll see someone who has it
in the palm of their hand, and when it goes back, their wrist works this way, and it also
closes the face, and they have no wrist mobility so it’s really almost a double-negative. They’re not going to be able to create much
speed with their wrist in this position if the club is too much in the palm of their
hand. So, again, go through the steps. Left hand runs diagonal at the base of the
fingers, closed over the top, the right hand fits on there, and these Vs run parallel,
somewhere between the neck and the right shoulder. When we have that neutral grip now, at the
top, you can see that the club face is in a much more square position, in line with
my left hand. This is a huge fundamental in the game, and
if you can really work on having this kind of position at the top of your swing, it’s
going to eliminate a lot of problems for you in the future. The more neutral we can get our hands and
club face to be, the better off you’re going to be. So, the second part of the bad hook is the
path of the club, and what happens there is, that club’s working way too much in to out. Now, I really know about this because I struggled
a little bit with this in my game, but I’ve got some really great ideas for you coming
up that are going to help you get rid of it. So, I can demonstrate this bad hook because
I hit it too many times in my career. So, the path, way in-and-out, club face is
shut, leads to disaster. It probably looks something like this. So, I’m going to have a closed face, I’m going
to swing excessively in-to-out, and that ball’s going to curve like crazy from right to left. That’s not a shot you can play good golf with. So, let’s talk about, how do we get the correct
path? Now, maybe, this is a little drill that I
do, and maybe there’s some hockey players out there that’ll really be able to do this
really well, because I’ve played with some hockey players in pro-ams, and they seem to
hit the ball great. So, the slapshot. I’ve got my alignment stick here. I’m going to split my hands. I’m going to pretend, now, I’m in the NHL. There’s my hockey puck, right here. So, if I have an excessive in-to-out path,
I’m not going to be very good at hitting the slapshot because as I skate up to this puck
and I go in to out, my stick is going to hit the ice, and I’m never going to hit the ball. So, the motion to hit a great slapshot as
I’m skating in to this puck is, once I plant my left, my forward skate, I’ve got to open
up like this to reach that puck, and you can see a whole different position with my chest
here. My chest is now out in front of the golf ball,
my right shoulder has moved really well into the shot, my left shoulder has cleared, and
here, now my path is working more this way, on plane, which is going to allow me to stop
hitting that hook. What happens when you have an excessive in-to-out
swing, your right side stops, your spine tilts to the right, this club starts rolling over
as we go through the strike, and that’s where you’re going to have vicious stuck hooks. So, I’m going to show you how I practice,
and it really helped me get out of hooking it. Number one, check your grip. Number two, I’m going to give you some shots
that you can hit off downhill lies, and show you why it works. Okay, so here we are. We’ve got a downhill lie. This drill has probably been the best drill
in the last 10 years for my own personal golf game, so I really, really encourage you to
try this out, especially if hooking the ball or pulling the ball has been a big issue for
you. So, this downhill lie, I don’t want you to
try to help the ball in the air. The key to this downhill lie shot is, I want
you to swing down the slope. So, when you watch, you’re going to see my
shoulders, instead of tilting, they’re going to be turning, and that turning is the feeling
we want. So, my chest is going to continue to turn
through the shot, and I’m going to finish. My shoulders are going to be level, and as
a result, I am going to eliminate this face rotation that’s caused by swinging way out
to the right. So, I’m not going to try to hit this hard
in the beginning, and I’m going to set up, downhill lie, and my feeling is, is right
from the top, I’m going to swing down the slope and finish over here. So, let’s take a whack at one here. So, you can see, I finished down the slope,
my spine was straight, shoulders were turning instead of tilting, the ball went straight. So, let me try one more. This one, I’m going to put a little more speed
on it, with the same concepts in mind. Setting up, I’ve got my nice neutral grip. I’m going to swing down the slope. When I do, that right side fires through,
no club rotation, straight shots. Okay, so let’s review some of the ways that
we can maybe stop that excessive hooking problem. Number one, let’s check our grip, make sure
our face is more neutral at the top. We don’t want that club face pointing to the
sky. Nice 45-degree angle, flat left wrist, so
make sure your grip is in order. That’s a good place to start. And then, of course, the next big issue is
club path, and normally, when we see people really hooking it, that club path is coming
excessively from in to out. The spine tilts to the right, there’s no right
side in the swing, and the closed face along with in-to-out motion, that face is even closing
more, so you’re going to hit a big hook. So, remember the hockey drill where we split
our hands, we pretend we’re in the NHL, and we stride. You’re going to feel your chest open up, you’re
going to feel that you have more room to swing on plane to the left, and you won’t have as
much club rotation. And a great way to practice that feeling was
hitting balls off a downhill lie. When we do, I don’t want you to try to help
the ball in the air. We’re going to swing down the slope. So, our shoulders are going to work down the
slope. This way, no good, and it’s more hooks, more
hooks and blocks. This way, it’s going to straighten out your
shots and eliminate that hooking problem.

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Dennis Veasley

28 thoughts on “How To Fix Your Hook In Golf (PGA PRO EXPLAINS!)”

  1. This guy's a great teacher. Lets' hope he can keep teaching us, and what he's saying works and it's uncomplicated. Went to the range today and I was lined up w a forest all down my L side. (I'm L handed). When the trouble is on the left like that I have the tendency to snap hook it to stay away from it. I tried these ideas and was hitting beauty lil cuts into the "fairway". No snaps. Well… OK a couple but that was good cause it made me Focus on turning the trail side shoulder just as he advocates like a slap shot and sure as F it stopped. Then I tried hitting a draw using these same ideas. closed my stance a bit and swinging a lil more to the left. That worked too. Try everything. Why not…. right?

  2. 100% correct. It was my grip and my swing plane. I was only hooking on my driver and not so much on my irons. Totally fixed my problems. Thanks again!

  3. Dear Coach .. i can't say more than TQ TQ TQ .. i can feel i won't be hooking my driver anymore..
    Take care Sir.. from Malaysia

  4. Stop using the hockey analogy, you are supposed to hit the ice first on a slap shot, you know nothing of Hockey……smh

  5. Stronger grip requires more body rotation prior to impact..so it's not closed when you get to the ball. Won't start talking about one or two plane and additional variable to hooking the ball.. or not

  6. So I get it. Golf is a game of balance. The grip can't be too much in the palms but can't be too much in the fingers.

  7. Best left hand grip advice I have ever seen. It worked extremely well for me today. I finally got the confidence back with the driver and long irons. Thank you so much!!!

  8. Good advice. I can't say it has cured my hook, but I played 9 holes today and had only one snap hook drive (might have let the grip get too strong or failed to swing through the ball). Some of my drives were a little low, and a couple drifted right, so all is not perfect, but what a relief it was to set up and not feel like I was going to hit a snapper. Thanks.

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  11. I think I love this man 🤣
    Slow mo app showed my tilt and finding this explanation, homerun.
    Thanks a ton

    Can you possibly show this from face on so we can see the difference?

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