How to Fix a Golf Hook by Correcting Your Weight Transfer

How to Fix a Golf Hook by Correcting Your Weight Transfer

We are asked all the time about why people hook the ball and I want you to understand something, you hook the ball simply because your right hand crosses over your left hand, your hands flip over, and look how the handle of the club changes and your right elbow comes out. It is all a matter of the flip and crossover that makes the ball curve to the left. Again, the reason for the hook is the angles you create.

Angles Cause Hook Shots

One of the things that causes these angles is that people have been told all of their golfing lives to stay behind the ball and wait until they get to the bottom of the ball and then have a delayed release by rotating the right hand over the left. All they are doing is taking the handle of the club and flipping by flipping their wrists and they can never hit a ball solidly.

There is no way to be consistent when all you do is stay behind the ball and try to flip you hands. The whole idea in golf is to square the club to the ball. If I start in a proper address then when the club comes down I want to be unwinding into the ball. My left elbow should be down so that the back of my left hand squares to the ball, my right hand helps to square to the club. That is the inner force and the equal outer force.

Square the Clubface

At the same time my body is moving into the ball and then through the ball to the straight balanced finish. There is no way you can curve the ball if you square the club to the ball and go to the balanced finish. If you do then every time you bring the club back around you are square. But every time you are told to stay behind the ball, flip your hands or rotate your hands towards the release, if you bring the club look where it is. The clubface is closed every single time. So remember don't try to stay behind the ball and get a delayed release. Get behind the ball and move to the straight balanced finish.

Category: Hook
Sub-Category: Arms, Downswing, Follow-Through
About the Instructor
Jimmy  Ballard
Jimmy  Ballard
Jimmy Ballard Swing Connection
24 Dockside Lane, PMB 406
Key Largo, FL 33037
Tel: 800-999-6664

Jimmy Ballard is creator of the "Connection Theory" and instructor to hundreds of Tour Pros. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #24 instructor in the world.


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