Quick On-Course Tip For How To Fix A Hook In The Golf Swing
Tip #37 from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about finding a quick fix on the course for when you have an uncontrollable hook or duck hook as they call it. I’ve got 3 fast tips in this chapter of the book below. Warning! These are not long term fixes for a bad swing. If you find yourself with a repeating bad pattern such as duck hooking it far too often, then you probably need a swing overhaul and want to see a good swing instructor. Anyway, tip #37 can be pulled out of your pocket right when you need it most. Try it on the range before going out to the course to prove it to yourself. It works!
Greens and Fairways,
37. Emergency fix for duck hooking
Another one of the biggest problems with golfers is that they have too many mechanical thoughts going on about every shot.
Learning to trust and allow that unconscious swing will be key for overcoming that. In my “break 80 without practice” program, I detail the elements of how to train your mind to play automatic golf including an effective pre shot routine.
When you are struggling with a hook that comes out of nowhere, a simple fix focuses on keeping your dominant elbow (trailing elbow) next to your hip as you come down to the ball. It makes it nearly impossible to hook it when you do this.
You can do this a few times in your practice swing and then let this be your swing key that you think quickly about right before you actually take the club back.
Listen, I know what it feels like when you just can’t seem to shake a bad hook and it’s too late to work on your swing. In fact, you never want to tweak your swing on the course unless you have to to keep it in play.
If it’s not such a bad hook, then my best advice is to go with it and just adjust your aim accordingly.
Another quick fix, if it’s a practice round, is to find a downhill slope where the ball will be below your feet and hit a shot or two from there.
You could also take a couple practice swings while opening your stance way up; maybe even so much that you are facing the target.
Pay attention to the differing bodily sensations and movements, especially the wrists and hands.