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Snap Hooking

Problem

You hook the ball and it rolls more than it flies.

Cure

Double check your stance to make sure you are tilting your upper body towards the ground. If you are standing too erect, you will not get a full shoulder turn and your body weight will be too far back, on your heels. You will then release too early and close the clubface too soon.

Therapy

To help stay down as you swing, try widening your stance a little. Set up with your driver a usual then move your back foot a few inches further away from the your other foot. Hit half a bucket of balls with a three quarter swing. Notice as you do so that your trailing shoulder is lowered and how your body weight feels more centered. This is the same feeling you want to establish when you set up for your drives. Now set up to the ball as usual and make sure you have the proper tilt in your spine. As you swing, make sure you have that same feeling that you established before.

Snap Hooking

Problem

You have a severe hook or a snap hook.

Cure

Instead of focusing on your path or trying to change your aim to compensate, work on movement of the outer edge of your leading hand. Think of almost making a karate chop with it so you limit some of your wrist rotation.

Therapy

Setup without a club near a chair or another object. Swing your arms back as usual but as you take your downswing, chop down towards a chair with the outside of your forward hand. Practice the chopping motion several times to help you visualize your knuckles pointing to the right side of the target as it would when swinging the club. If you are left handed, you will want your knuckles to point to the left side of the target. Once you have mastered this feeling, pick up a club; take a stronger grip than usual and keep your forward hand and wrist flat at the top of your swing. This drill will allow the backside of your forward hand to mirror of the clubface when you make contact with the ball. Therefore, you need to keep your forward hand pointing in the same direction as the clubface.

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ron roberts | 7 years ago, mid-July

does forward pressing cause hooks or pulls



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