How To Stop Hooking the Ball Excessively

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

6 Responses to “How To Stop Hooking the Ball Excessively”

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    June 12, 2014


    Hi Paul,
    I have been working with your method for years and recently have been going back to the basics to do EXACTLY as you say. My set-up is exact, my grip is your neutral grip that doesn’t change during swing. My miss is a “tail-away” hook (John Jacobs description is the club faces left of the proper swing line). The ball starts straight then curves left, not excessively but enough to miss a green. A golf simulator shows an in to out path of 3 to 6 degrees and closed clubface 3 to 6 degrees. On occasion I will really come from the inside 9 degrees and it definitely causes a closed face. I don’t feel like I’m sliding and legs are definitely touching. What I feel is that the right hip pushes toward the ball and causes my hands to role slightly early ( doesn’t make much sense, but it is what I feel). My only solution thus far is to manipulate the hands in the impact area to cause a flat left wrist (the feeling of hitting into an impact bag), then the ball flies straight. This feels unnatural and I never heard you say to do this so I do not want to. Do you have any videos, drills, or suggestions that relate to this type of flaw or should I keep working on making the manipulative flat left wrist feel more natural?

    • Drew,

      I get people all the time saying they are doing my positions etc. yet few people look the way I want them too. I would think you grip is strong or you are re-gripping as soon as you take the club back and don’t realize you are doing this. I see this all the time in people who are hooking it without trying to hook it. Next time you go out place your grip in the neutral position and concentrate on not wiggling or twitching it in any way. Then pull the trigger. If you know for a fact that you did not move the grip it would be very difficult to hook it more that 5-10 yards left with irons and 15-20 yards with driver.

      Give it a try an let me know. This takes immense concentration.

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    July 2, 2014



    I have been working on the grip and the uncoiling sooner by straightening the left leg and the simulator now shows a very close to square clubface, but swing path is consistently 6 degrees in to out. So the tail away hook is gone and I’m now left with mostly 5 yard draw. Should I try to get that path less in to out? When I do the clubface starts to get inconsistent again.

    Also one quick question on clubfitting, having a new iron set built and was wondering if my 5 iron carry is 150 with swing speed 68mph would i be better off with A flex or stick with the R flex. The swing fit calculator has me with an A flex, but ive never plaid with a weaker flex.

    I am enjoying my ignitiongolf membership, I watch videos all day, its my only source for golf instruction.

    • Drew,

      I would think you have a slight slide in the downswing still. If you like the draw you need the path from the inside. If you don’t like the draw then you should be working on turning a faction more. The more you turn, the less you tilt behind the ball through impact. It’s up to you.

      If you are working on your swing and are confident you will keep getting better go with the stronger flex. You should easily be able to get that 5 iron to 160 and above without much effort. You get weak shafts and you will have to get new clubs again once you are hitting it longer.

      Glad you like the site. I truly appreciate the feedback.

  3. Hi Paul,

    I am down to a 2 handicap but have developed the problem of hooking the ball. I’ve tried the tip where I lean more to the right at Impact but then the shots are weak fades and lose a lot of distance. When I hook it feels like everything is turning across my body to the left or that my body is pulling everything to the left. Even when I think and focus on powerless arms I know everything is going left. This is getting very frustrating.

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