What To Do If You Hook Your First Tee Shot

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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+

16 Responses to “What To Do If You Hook Your First Tee Shot”

  1. Paul how do you get to all your favorite tips that I saved or do you only get to see the last five you saved

  2. Paul ,These two VIDEOS on THE SLICE and THE HOOK are amont THE best you have produced .In particular you show with great clarity THE foremost role of THE lower body rotation .For those who don’t manage to release properly their wrists ,it may be useful for them to,know there are swing aids such as the SWINGRITE and another one developed by KELVIN MIYAHIRA to show them how to properly unlock THE wrists in THE downswing .

  3. August 21, 2013


    Paul….Could you speak to the proper distance from the ball with the driver.Thanks

  4. Paul,I seldom have a problèm with driving ,sincè I adopted your technique ,concentrating in turning the lower body fastest possible in the downswing.I have the problèm with FAIRWAY Wood nô 3 ,where I “thin”or top the ball ,it scuttles a long the ground 100 meters or So .
    M’y grip is not quite the one you advocate:left hand very strong ,four knuckles showing ,right hand weak ,V towards the Chin .
    With the driver ,the shot is always straight ,with a slight Draw .
    Same for the FAIRWAY Wood nô 3 when I don’t top or thin it .
    Is my grip responsible for my erratic game with FAIRWAY Wood nô 3 ?
    This doesn’ t happen with FAIRWAY Wood no5 .

    • August 10, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, a strong grip can be responsible for the thin and topped shots because it puts your hands on in a position of strength. The harder you hit, the more the arms buckle, the more you will will take a look at the shot. Not sure why you would want a strong grip anyway. A strong grip slows down the release because releasing it with loose wrists would cause you to hit a big hook. So you will tighten a little so you don’t hook it thus slowing the club down. Do the neutral grip.

      • Paul ,thanks for the advice .Would two knuckles of the left hand ( instead of the four I show presently ) and the. ” V” of the right hand towards the right shoulder ( Instead of towards the Chin as now ) qualify for a ” neutral” grip?
        On the subject of stance ,watching RORY Mc ILROY at the USPGA at VALHALLA ,I notéd hé had a fairly aide stance when driving .
        On your recommandation ,I’ve,reduced my stance where the inside of the soles were at shoulder width ,to outside of the soles at shoulder width : I Turn better on the throughswing this way ,bur of course I’m not as flexible as RORY !

        • August 12, 2014

          Paul Wilson


          Yes, 2 knuckles is neutral. Just try it for a while and see if it loosens the wrists to make the club swing faster. For about the first 30 balls you will blow it right. Just keep doing it and once you get past this you will hit it straight with the weaker grip. Most people give up after about 5 shots that go right.

          I want the stance that width so you always do the exact position and your swing never falls apart. If they are touching today and touching together 5 years from now they are still touching. If your stance is wider and they are not touching you now have to check it every time to make sure you are doing it exactly right because you have no feedback telling you that you are doing it right.

          Also, wider stance is harder to shift your weight fully off the back foot.

  5. August 9, 2014



    Thank you for all of the wonderful tips. I have cured my hooks off the tee. Now I seem to be pushing the ball straight right. It usually happens when I try to hit it a little harder than normal. I can not seem to feel what I am doing wrong. Any suggestions??

  6. August 10, 2014


    I have a friend who has a serious duck hook issue off the tee-box. (Very handsie.) Is there a way to give him a link to this lesson only? (He might likely become a subscriber.)

  7. September 16, 2016


    Hi Paul,
    I am playing better, down to a 16 from a 24 thanks to coming to your golf school in the Spring and working on things all summer. Finally in the 80’s every round. I would be better if I was more relaxed in my short game but it is coming. I am winning my share of matches and picked up about ten yards with the driver due to relaxed arms and a delayed hit, better release and full finish.

    My question is about two or three times a round, I hit a fat shot on the toe and it goes off to the right. I am not sure what is making me do this because it is random. Most of my shots are of a better quality. I am not sure if I am moving forward and can’t release, not moving my head to the right enough on the backswing to set the club correctly to square up on the downswing, or standing up (one of my past issues of not swinging around myself enough) to release over the ball.

    Any thoughts on this?
    Jeff Lubin

    • September 19, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you are getting it. Like I said, it would take time to make the switch to the Body Swing not the arms swing.

      Fat shot. Too much weight on the back foot at impact. If you are hitting it on the toe you are looking up as well. You would look to see the amazing shot you think you’re going to hit. Stay focused on the ball until you hit the ball. Make sure you are also getting the weight off this back foot through impact. Feel the heel lifting at impact. 3-4 inches with irons 5-6 inches with longer clubs.

  8. September 17, 2016


    Hi Paul….my biggest take from all the lessons is the following:
    Leave the hands and arms out of the swing until the hips are fully rotated and facing the target…I do this by not moving the hands and arms at the top of the backswing until I feel the right hip rotating to the target…I get that solid feeling and the ball is hit straight …no draw ..no cut…..thank you for the great advice over the years…

    • September 19, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      You got it. Those are great thoughts. As you see they work so don’t get distracted. Stay focused and ingrain it.

      Glad you like the tips. Thanks.

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