Unlike hitting an iron, your focus during the backswing is on the center of the golf ball. - posted in Golf Instruction: hey guys this situation i have found myself in just confuses the heck outta, me but im hoping it may sound somewhat normal to some of you I have only just started playing more constantly in the past month since i hadn't had any time to play for a while due to other responsibilities. 3. the shafts are different. Posted by 3 years ago. Love to hear what you guys think. Maybe like a six or seven-iron, to get nice and close to the golf ball still adhering to the two inches above your left knee position. How to Stop Your Driver Slice: The Ultimate Guide to Straighter Shots and More Fairways. Your golf game seems to be dialed in. Can't seem to hit a drive straight, but always to the left, not a hook, but way left of target. How to Fix a Duck Hook - Golf Swing 101 If you find yourself with a nasty duck hook in your golf swing, then you’re not alone. But for whatever reason, you have one shot that seems to plague your golf game.And for many amateur golfers, that golf shot is the same: the dreaded driver slice.. For one, the way you approach your driver vs irons is different. Over The Top Swing Motion. There is of course more speed involved with your driver swing than your iron swings. It is almost always too inside out and the clubface is way too closed to that path. This was a factor in my decision to switch to players' irons. Nearly half of all golfers carry at least one hybrid in their bag. 9 comments. Anybody have thoughts on why this happens? Usually the cause of a hook is a strong grip that causes the club to swivel. A golf hook is a problem with a golfer's swing; however, a hook actually means that you’re well on your way to dependably hitting impressive shots. Even good drivers can unintentionally develop a hook that needs correction. The benefits of this are greater distance and a lower, piercing trajectory. Curing a hook and what causes a hook in golf. Once fixed, they usually go away and don't come back. Even with your fairway woods, you can try the same thing and still hit it far. 2. you are hitting the ball on the upswing with the driver not the downswing as with the irons. For the duck hook, it’s the extreme degree of closed and inside-out swing that creates a duck hook. The iron swing and the driver swing will be different for several reasons. I changed my natural ball flight to a draw. I've got the game back and I'm hitting the ball well with every thing but the driver. To hit a driver off the tee, you tee up the ball, which elevates it above the grass. Face check. This combination produces a path that’s too inside-out, promoting hooks, thin shots and pushes—especially with the mid-irons. Your iron swing is probably pretty upright because the loft can get the ball up in the air for you. This was ok with his irons. In reality though, they are an easy fix when you know the causes. Click HERE for more School of Golf content. Why do I hook the ball? Very consistent I think. So address the ball so it’s not too way too far forwards in your stands. A lot of amateur golfers think that if the ball goes left (for a right-handed player) then the path must also be left, but that’s not always the case. So, make sure that any change you make relates to one (or all) of the above. Once, again, these options are; Change path (if you want to straighten out your hook) Change face (if you want to turn you hook into a functional draw) Change strike to limit gear-effect. My grip pressure is now nice and light and I have easily gained 15-20 yards. Standing farther from the ball creates a takeaway thats inside the target line, causing a flat swing plane and an exaggerated inside-out path to the ball. Hooking is generally a good player's fault. Maybe play the ball so just it is just left of centre. A pull hook and a snap hook are two entirely different ball flights. One of the goals of a golfer is to hit straight shots consistently. When you see golfers who hook the ball, you'll find some common faults. If you hook the ball and want to fix it, see if you have any of the problems below. My irons are weird though. However, this natural opening is done with the turning of the shoulders and torso, not because of a twist in the hands. A 3-wood generally is easier to hit than a driver -- provided the 3-wood has more loft -- but tougher to hit than many irons and wedges. Many have given up even trying to hit long irons, instead switching to hybrids for mid-range shots to the green. One of the biggest mistakes made by golfers who hook the ball is to turn the club counter-clockwise to begin the backswing. In fact, he was hitting his 3-wood past most players' driver shots. You can read the book and grip it like it was illustrated but still hook the ball. Unfortunately, this closing of the club simply creates a closed face at impact. The good news is you’re close to achieving a good golf swing because a hook A duck hook almost always gets a golfer into some kind of trouble on the course. All pretty straight, with good contacts on the center of the club face. Just about all golfers fear a shank. Play your drives off the inside front heel. Why Can I Hit Hybrids, But Not Irons?. I find that irons with any significant offset tend to lead to me hooking them (or, in one case a while back, slicing everything else with a swing designed to hit offset irons straight). If anything, try … A duck hook is a shot that curves hard to the left of your target, if you are a right-handed golfer. Hello, hook city. So many things have to go right in a golf swing to hit it straight and minor deviations in the swing can send your ball offline. This shot will fly very far because you are delofting the iron so much. I hook the irons almost consistently - essentially a really strong draw/hook. But you can't do this with your driver because your driver has a very little loft with it. How to Stop a Duck Hook. I've tried weakening my grip with these clubs and does help a bit but would rather not be tinkering with grip for every club. Another big reason you are pulling the golf ball is the classic over the top swing motion. Indeed, you should probably check to make sure you are not hitting golf balls on the toe portion of your clubface. This was more pronounced in longer irons, as the loft in the short irons tends to straighten out shots. 1. Moving the ball back of center in your stance encourages a low hook or push. A closed club face at impact and an inside-to-out swing can cause a duck hook. This is best avoided otherwise the gear effect in golf is brought into the equation, which will transfer counter-clockwise spin onto the ball. Irons can be “driven into the ground” with a steeper AoA and still be mostly playable… but not with the driver. I've got to find the answer to this part of my game! Slicing Driver but not Irons. I … I can now hit a predictable straight iron or with a 2-3 yard draw depending. Archived. This is a common swing fault that many golfers suffer from in addition to a nasty slice. They look very similar, but the swing path for a snap hook is not left of target. ... A good rule of thumb is to put driver off the left ear, fairway woods at the logo on your shirt, and wedges at your shirt buttons. Golf Channel Academy lead coach Kyle Morris teaches how using a wall at home can teach the proper pivot in the golf swing. How to Fix Your Hook. The biggest cause for hooking is the grip that is too strong for you. A steeper AoA shifts the path farther rightward, or positive, than it would be normally and helps to accelerate the closing rate of the club face reducing the face-to-path relationship. This is, sometimes, opposite of what a lot of people think. Hitting a draw with the driver but hooking my long irons... Close. 2. The driver is longer . Start left and keep going left from a pull hook. I'm back this year to your swing and manual. This exaggerates the hook shot when golfers swing from the inside because less loft is harder to control. Hybrid golf clubs, a cross between fairway woods and long irons, have become very popular in recent years. Occasionally happens with 5 iron but more so 4 iron and hybrid I'm pretty sure it's just face angle and because ball position is further up in stance it's happening so toe of club is turning over too soon in the arc. Video: Golf swing drill to prevent hooking the ball with irons. Page 1 of 2 - Slicing with drivers, hooking with irons ? They seem to come in groups (one shank loves another) and go on for a while. What is a Hook in Golf. The clubface should "open" on the backswing, relative to the target line. This might seem basic but I’m always surprised by how many amateurs aim offline without realising. Not bad, nice and predictable with a fade of about 5 yards with the driver and 2 yards with the irons. If you find you’re fading your driver yet your iron flight is straight and true. I then purchased the "impact zone" and have really been concentrating on maintaining my lag (I was casting badly before). There are several reasons why hybrid clubs work well for some golfers. Your first port of call, obviously, is to check your alignment. If youre hooking the ball with any club, this is one of the worst things you can do. With irons, you can hit a hook that curves a lot. After a long battle with a slice/fade I finally beat it. It almost always results from the club getting way too far behind you on the downswing and the body not properly turning through the shot. Good driver, bad bad bad irons - posted in Golf Instruction: I think I hit my driver well. It is also possible that you are not hitting the ball on the sweet spot of you clubface whenever you are hitting balls that hook left. 'School of Golf' host Martin Hall gives four drills for eliminating the hook and hitting the ball straighter. However, this does not always happen. It's not often that a shank will pop up randomly either. My natural shape is a draw and I'm guessing I was coming thru too quickly with my hands but why wasn't I hooking my driver too? With my driver I hit a nice high draw with my misses being a hook. 1) Grip. Your middle irons (7 iron, 6 iron and 5 iron) should be positioned one ball-width forward of center and your long irons and fairway woods two balls forward of center. share. Driver Swing. Play your short irons (wedges, 9 iron and 8 iron) in the center of your stance. Unless you change one or all of the above, your hook is not going to get fixed. 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