July 21, 2017

Golf Swing Tips: Taking The Club Inside Is Not The Way To Produce A Hook

golf swing tipsOne of the best golf swing tips is to understand ball flight geometry. The legendary John Jacobs best addressed the geometry of how and why the golf ball flies in different directions and patterns years ago and provided some of the best golf swing tips on the subject.

Yet, ball flight geometry appears to be as confusing as ever to instructors and golfers alike.

I recently read an article by one of the top 100 instructors, according to Golf Digest, who believed a hook ball flight can be produced by swinging the club to the inside of the body line during the backswing.

My research, experiments and experience do not validate this proposition.

Unless you manipulate your club in some weird way during your downswing, an inside-the-body-line backswing typically will produce either a slice, pull or pull-hook ball flight rather than a hook.

When you swing your club to the inside of your body line during your backswing you will find it necessary to rotate your club to an out-to-in swing path during your down swing in order to deliver your clubface to your ball at impact.

If you swing your club face only slightly to the inside of your body line during your backswing, you most likely will deliver an open clubface to your ball at impact on an out-to-in path across your shoulders and hit a slice. However, there is a better golf method to produce  an intentional slice golf shot.

If you swing your club slightly more to the inside of your body line during your backswing, you typically will deliver a closed clubface to your ball at impact on an out-to-in swing path across your shoulders to produce a pull. Irrespective, there are better golf swing instructions to produce intentional pull shots.

Similarly, if you swing your club extremely to the inside of your body line during your backswing, you will tend to deliver a very closed clubface to your ball at impact on a pronounced out-to-in path across your shoulders to produce a pull-hook ball flight, sometimes referred to as a “duck-Hook.”

The reason why the instructor who thought you could produce a hook ball flight by taking the club to the inside of the body line during the backswing is that a pull sometimes is mistaken for a hook.  Both fly to the inside of the body line.

In reality, he was producing pulled golf shots and thought they were hooks.

If you want to hit a hook shot by manipulating your club, it would be necessary to swing your club to the outside rather than to the inside of your body line during your backswing.

Then, in order for your clubface to contact your ball you would need to deliver a closed clubface to your ball at impact on an in-to-out swing path across your shoulders. Yet, there are better techniques to hit an intentional hook shot.

The best golf swing tips to produce shaped golf shots, such as an intentional hook or slice or, to hit straight golf shots,  is to lock-in such a particular ball flight alignment during your set up routine.

Instructions to perform such techniques are available in books, DVDS, Special Reports and articles at http://lockedingolf.com.

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