Please Learn How to Hook It

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  1. JAMESHUNT, 6 months ago

    Timely advice. Coincidence or not following my off line commentary yesterday. In any event, it pertains. Thanks!


  2. jasonstanley, 6 months ago

    Chill!!! Lol. No , seriously, I love Paul’s passion, I genuinely believes he just want people to be better. Keep up the great work


  3. LottaLiljegren, 6 months ago

    On the mission…..This is my biggest issue on the golf course! Have done this for a while and I actually had a round of golf a couple of weeks ago when I didn

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 6 months ago

      Lotta,

      If this slice came back it is you hitting too hard. You thought you had it so you went even harder the next day. You should have realized your wrist were too tight and instantly slowed down and loosened them up. So you need to be doing this drill immediately. Glad you see it. No it is time to work on it.


  4. NielsTruelsen, 6 months ago

    Hi Paul.

    Even if you didn’t say it “powerless arms”, how can you start to “roll over” from the top without using your arms?

    Niels


    • TIMADAMS, 6 months ago

      Niels
      By using your wrists NOT your arms

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 6 months ago

      Niels,

      When you are working on this you are feeling your arms. You have to because you are manually rolling them. I have done tips on this in the past. So feel them as you train this to happen. Once you get it turn them off and it should be happening on its own.


  5. DAVESHAFFER, 6 months ago

    Hi Paul –

    Well I spend 2 hours this morning working on this on the range. It is more difficult than I expected. I am not a slicer but I do get fades. Anyway, I was not successful in accomplishing this. I hit maybe 5-10 hooks, some what I would call draws, but the majority were straight or fades.

    I’m trying to start at the top with rolling the wrists and it seems I’m doing it but apparently not. Do I have weak wrists, stiff wrists or just need more practice with the rolling?

    Thanks Paul.

    Dave

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 6 months ago

      Dave,

      You were trying to do this at top speed so you need to slow down. The concept is simple. Right now you are hitting it with the face open so when do you ever square it? ANSWER: Never. So go slow enough that you have time to roll it. If you roll it you are no longer coming through with it open. This means you are no longer a slicer.

      At top speed you have 1/4 of a second to roll it. Slowing down gives you more time which allows you to at least do it. Yes, you may not hit the ball far but who cares you need it squaring. Once you get better at it you speed it up. Then once you have sped it up and you are consistently hooking it you then turn the arms off and start to work on your powering the swing with your lower body. Once you do the ball will straighten out and you will be hitting it dead straight.

      So, immediately slow down. Constantly and consistently roll it everywhere and anywhere you can and as many times as you can until you are good at it. Stay focused and stick with it. You will get it.


      • DAVESHAFFER, 6 months ago

        You are correct, Paul. Yes, I was doing this top speed. I will slow down. I thought I needed to swing fast to get them to roll over but you’re saying the opposite is true which does make sense.

        My Paul just arrived from Dallas for our Member-Guest here at SHP later this week so won’t get much chance to work on the Drills this week but I’ll try to do some.

        Thanks for all your help Paul. You are indeed a most dedicated and knowledgeable instructor of the golf swing.

        Dave

        • Paul Wilson

          Paul Wilson, 6 months ago

          Dave,

          Thanks for the kind words.

          Just keep doing it as much as you can. If you have a tourney then be careful. I would just stay loose and swing easy on every shot. If you do you will play well.

  6. HaroldBaldock

    HaroldBaldock, 6 months ago

    I have slice spin. Left hander. When playing for the hook could I change alignment to allow the hook to stay in play?

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 6 months ago

      Harold,

      This is a drill meant to be done on the range. There you set up squarely so you can see if your ball is hooking or not. Plus you need to see the line because once you master the roll over you will be adding lower body rotation to straighten it out.

      When you play just roll it a few times before each shot then forget the roll over when you hit your actual shot. Just do your normal swing (powered with legs and hips) and watch your ball. This will tell you if you are getting it or not.

      If you feel you are consistently hooking it a little bit then play for it but at this point you kind of have it mastered so you would be adding body rotation to be straightening it out. I would just be very careful doing this roll over on the course. The roll over drill is severely rolling it so some balls won’t even get airborne because you may de-loft the club too much and you may hook it 40 or 50 yards. It is going to be tough to play for it.

  7. HaroldBaldock

    HaroldBaldock, 6 months ago

    Okay,I will keep working on this roll over. Thanks for the help.Harold

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 6 months ago

      Harold,

      Yes, you need to be rolling it so you don’t keep leaving the face open. If you keep leaving it open at what point do you become a better player?

  8. HaroldBaldock

    HaroldBaldock, 6 months ago

    Paul,
    I played competition today. I had three accidental hooks. I reacted with joy and my playing group was perplexed by my reaction. Results today for me: 3 hooks,1 flubb, 10 dead straight and 4 with fade. I am very pleased with the results today as even the Flubb was in play. It does feel good when the club face hits square.
    Many thanks for your help Paul.
    Harold

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 6 months ago

      Harold,

      Very good. Now you are seeing the right way to see it. Pretty soon you will have release it so many times and have added the lower body that you don’t hit it too far offline. Once this happens the game becomes a whole lot of fun.

  9. HaroldBaldock

    HaroldBaldock, 5 months ago

    Hi Paul,
    Had three weird tee shots today. The ball hit ground 3 to 6 inches in front of my tee position.. It didn’t feel bad just weird result. One in water hazard. Nothing ruins my round because I don’t put that kinda pressure on my self. I just confused about what happened? Did I hit the ball on the top? This means that I didn’t make it to position B , as your instruction. Is the remedy to allow the arms to swing more freely? I think I buckled my arms. What are your thoughts?
    Kind regards
    Harold

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 5 months ago

      Harold,

      If the ball hit in front of where it was teed you severely topped it. You topped it so bad that it felt like an okay shot. This is you swinging way too hard and looking for the result before you did it. Slow down and watch the ball until you have hit the ball.

  10. HaroldBaldock

    HaroldBaldock, 5 months ago

    Paul,
    Yes, when I look back, my tempo had changed. I used my arms. Still along way to go for me. Keeping positive though. My handicap is now 28. One year ago it was 36.
    Thanks Paul,

    Harold

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 5 months ago

      Harold,

      At a 28 handicap you are still going to hit many more shots like this. Everyone went through this when they started playing this game. If you want to make dramatic changes fast do practice swings at home working on my swing positions. Hit some balls if you want but focus on perfect movement developing a great golf swing. The faster you have the look of a better player the faster you will have the right fundamentals which will allow you to hit great shots.

      Also, have the understanding that the swing is powered with your legs and hips not your hands and arms. If you are at least thinking like this you can potentially avoid thinking of using the arms to hit the ball. If you are not even thinking about the legs and hips you will use the arms because it is human nature to hit the object sitting in front of you.

  11. HaroldBaldock

    HaroldBaldock, 5 months ago

    Paul,
    I appreciate you so much. On Wednesday I hit 230 balls at the range. 225 were airborne or ground running hooks. Saturday was medal day stroke play. First tee i hit a 60 to 80 yard hook. When my playing partner said, that’s in allot of trouble., I replied ” at least the club-face squared”. The look he gave me was classic. I finished the round 97 strokes played for a 69 net. I thank you for your help Paul. I maintain optimism and just have fun. To me, this is not an easy game. But it sure feels great to make some good shots.
    All the best Paul
    Harold

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 5 months ago

      Harold,

      Too funny. You see most people cannot think outside the box. This is why they never get better.

      Keep your eye on hooking it. I would think since you hooked the first shot of the day the next time you play put the focus on the legs. Hopefully, the face qill still square and you will hit it down the middle. Give it a try.


  12. aijazgundroo, 5 months ago

    Hi Paul my question to you is , which hand initiates the roll in the downswing Right hand or Left hand.Kindly clear my mind on this.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 5 months ago

      Aijaz,

      When you are working on purposely hooking it you are either rolling your right hand over the left or you can feel like you are pointing your left thumb at the target in the downswing. Either will get the face closing.


  13. PaulBrett, 4 months ago

    Paul,

    I drove the ball well in Saturday’s comp on the whole using your full swing technique (before seeing this video). However, I hit one hook and two slices which cost me shots. The advice I have had recently from a PGA pro is that when I slice it my head is moving forward during impact, hence pushing the ball. Is there any truth in this? What would your advice be?

    Many thanks,
    Paul

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 4 months ago

      Paul,

      Why would your head move forward in the downswing? If you slice it you are swinging over the top with the face open relative to the path. When you hit with your arms your whole body will lean left in the downswing. The harder you hit, the tighter your wrists, the more open the face. So yes, he is right. He is just not telling you why the head is moving ahead of the ball.

      In reading your description you were playing well. Because of that you started to hit the ball harder and harder instead of repeating what was making you hit the ball well. Hitting harder is human nature. This hitting hard brought your arms into the swing and disaster struck. So the next time this occurs (which it will) slow down. Swing easier once you start getting excited. Then you will eliminate swinging too hard.


  14. PaulBrett, 4 months ago

    Paul,

    Am I right in saying that if I swing too hard with my arms and don’t switch them off I will slice it and if I don’t rotate my bottom half quick enough I will pull it. I am aiming for rolling the hands from the top but keeping them relaxed and initiating the downswing with my legs.

    Thanks for your advice,
    Paul

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 4 months ago

      Paul,

      Yes, when you swing too hard with your arms you tighten the wrists which stops the face from squaring.

      If you start down with your arms you will come over the top thus pulling the ball. If the face squares to this path you will pull it. If it is closed it is a pull hook. If it is open it is a pull slice. If it is severely open it is a push slice (rare).


  15. BarryReeder, 2 months ago

    Paul,

    I just wish I had come across this tip/drill sooner. This, by far, is the best drill for anyone who has slicing tendencies. It drives right to the core of almost everything that is wrong with my swing right now. In my humble opinion, this should be the first thing people should learn after the setup.

    I get exactly what you are saying and it works. I was making very little progress as my wrists would simply not unlock. I kept thinking powerless arms and my wrists will be forced to relax. Just not true in my case. I am now consciously rolling my wrists over very early and , wow, what a difference!

    I have been doing this for a week hitting 4 to 5 large buckets a day. About 30% of my shots are still either going straight or slicing but I have made tremendous progress since day one. On day one I don’t think I hooked even a single ball. Now, I can tell very easily when my wrists don’t fully unlock…my ball slices, I can feel that I am swinging with my arms, and I hear that awful ‘clunk’ sound when the club strikes the ball instead of that sweet ‘smack’ sound when I fully release my wrist through the impact area. Oh, and the ‘woosh’ sound right before the ‘smack.’ It is very cool.

    I must tell you and your readers of my swing thought that ‘put me over the top.’ (Pun not intended) This worked so well for me. I visualize trying to strike the ball with the toe end of the club head. I don’t mean the toe on the face of the club but the actual toe end of the club head. The face of the club would be pointing toward me at impact. With that one single thought in my head I will hit a beautiful hook (if there is such a thing) every time.

    Finally, I have discovered this full release has positive by-products as well. The club will now automatically finish touching my head and splitting my ears. I don’t have to think about putting it there if I fully release and re-hinge through impact. Also, my weight transfer seems to happen a little more naturally.

    Hopefully, the light has finally come on.

    I am going to continue working until I don’t hit any slices at all. Have to tell you I did make one attempt on the range to incorporate my new wrist release into a full swing with body turn and powerless arms with my driver. I hit a beautiful drive right down the pipe with a very slight draw. I immediately went back to the ‘hook drill.’ I didn’t want to start thinking ‘OK, I’ve got this.’ Still have work to do with the ‘hook drill.’

    Paul, I can’t thank you enough. This is the most progress I’ve seen with my swing. It’s worth every penny of my membership. Hopefully, this will help some of your other students.

    Barry

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 2 months ago

      Barry,

      It sounds like the light is coming on. Just keep doing the roll over however it works best for you and allows you to do it. Remember, hitting hard tightens the arms and wrists. So keep doing it at an easy pace. Get good at it then in the future speed up the body rotation to hit it farther. I think it won’t be long until you are hitting it straight.


  16. Michael Saucerman, 1 week ago

    Paul,

    When working on this drill, I find that I almost always hit straight pulls to the left, not hooks that curve to the left. So, my clubface is closed relative to its position at address, but since the shots are going straight left, the clubface is actually square to an outside-in path. I know from watching your videos and reading your book that an over-the-top swing, that produces the out-to-in path, is caused from hitting with your arms. Since the whole point of this drill is to consciously think of your arms rolling, and hit with your arms rolling, how can I remedy this, for the sake of having this drill work the way it should – hitting hooks, not pulls?

    Thank you,
    Mike

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 week ago

      Michael,

      You will pull it because you are hitting it with your arms. The problem is you are just pulling it. You need to get it hooking so you get the face to stop coming through open. Right now it is not enough closed so when you move on to the legs you will still slice it. Slow down. Roll it way earlier. Get it (pull) hooking. You are not trying to hit great shots doing this. It is a drill to get you to stop leaving the face open. Roll it daily, slowly until you feel it rolling. Hit some easy shots looking for the curvature. Once you can consistently hook it you are no longer a slicer. At this point you turn the arms back off and focus on the body rotation to straighten it out.


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