How to Position Your Elbow to Fix Your Hook

By Jimmy Ballard

We are asked the question all the time, why do I hook the ball or I hit a hook every time I get under pressure. Well let me explain something to you first. I want you to understand what causes the hook. A hook is simply the fact that your arms get into a block position and you flip your hands, which means that as you flip your hands the club crosses your body.

Club Position and Hook Shots

If it crosses your body with the clubface closed it is going to curve the ball to the left. One of the things that causes you to get into that position is the same old thing in golf we hear in golf all the time of tuck your right elbow in to hit inside-out. Then they add to it that you should tuck your right elbow in and when you get right to the ball you should rotate your hands.

Consistent Shots

That is absolutely ridiculous to think that there could ever be any consistency for the club by the laws of physics to ever square up. No one can tuck their right elbow in because as soon as they tuck their right elbow in the clubface is outside-across, and then when you get to the bottom of the swing and try to flip your hands all you are doing is taking the handle and your hands across and over and all you end up doing is flipping the ball to the left. That will never work with any consistency.

Correct Elbow Position to Stop Hook Shots

The whole idea, the cause of this problem is, don’t try to tuck your right elbow in. To square the club to the ball you have to tuck your left elbow in. If you do that then look how the back of your left hand will square to the ball. Look how your right side creates the outer force, and you hit a descending blow, inside-out, down the line.

There is no angle to curve the ball. You have to understand that the release in the golf swing is released because the elbows are hinging down and that releases the club with the body. As long as the body blocks back and you are forced to manipulate the club with your hands there is no way you can ever be consistent. You will hit hooks the rest of your life if you flip your hands and hang back.


Category: Hook
Sub Categories: Arms, Downswing, Hands

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Jimmy Ballard
Jimmy Ballard
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