Quick Fixes

Stop Losing Shots to the left … by Hank Haneyhank_haney_grip_fix 1

If you’re a player who tends to hit a hook, first count yourself fortunate. A hook is the last stop on the road to a good golf swing, and you’re very close to hitting consistent, powerful shots. But it’s still a ball-flight problem you need to take care of to make that next step and become a scratch or near-scratch player. 

A strong grip is by far the most common error I see with players who curve the ball too much from right to left. The right hand drifts to the right–away from the target–and moves underneath the club, as shown in the photograph below. With the right hand in this position, it will tend to turn over too much through impact. Because the position of the right palm roughly replicates the clubface, it’s easy to see why this turning over of the right hand causes the clubface to close and the ball to curve left.

To calm that hook down to a manageable draw, adjust your right hand to a more neutral position, as I’m demonstrating to the right. Turn it toward the target, so you can’t see your left thumb when you’ve made your completed grip. I also like to put my right index finger in a “trigger” position under the handle, which supports the club through the swing. If the finger wraps around the grip too much, the club tends to get loose at the top.

Hank Haney – Golf Digest/April 2012


Short Pitch Distance Control
L to L Jordan Spieth 2L to L Jordan Spieth 3L to L Jordan Spieth 4

Control distance with the property swing speed to finish.  Pictured to the left is Jordan Spieth executing pitch shots to various distances finishing with his hips towards his target.  

L to L Jordan Spieth 1

Set up with more weight on your forward side, and swing the club from the L to L position to complete the swing as Jordan Spieth does.

I try to imagine ‘leaning against a wall’ as I swing, where the wall keeps me from swaying and forces me to turn my hips to a finished position.

Control your distance from the same backswing to the L position, then finish to the natural swing speed position.  Left to right, Jordan’s swing speed gets a little faster and finishes to his natural finish, hips facing his target.  

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