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Common cause of low hooks/snap hooks

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#1 Circaflex



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:34 PM

Hey everyone, I have to start out by saying I know this would be easier to answer with a video, however at this time I do not have any. I hope to get a range session in later this week, where I will film, but for now I am hoping I can get some general ideas from everyone. About a month ago, I had a round where off the tee with the drive I could not get the ball airborn. I was hitting a lot of low (20 feet high at the max) hooks and even snap hooks. I never had this problem before and I dealt with it for 18 holes. The next round it was gone and everything was back to normal. Generally off the tee I do hit it lower then my playing partners but I still generate enough speed that distance is never a problem. Well, today I had another round where after a few holes this sprung up again and I could not correct it. I was to stubborn to keep it in the bag as well, which is more of the mental side, rather than hitting 3wood. I was hitting these nasty hooks that didnt get very high off the ground and it was frustrating. Is there anything in general that I can look for or that is often the cause for us weekend hackers?

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:39 AM

Is your pivot stalling late in the downswing?  Really without video or trackman info, we're all just guessing.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:55 AM

As a smother hook specialist it is most likely due to an extreme in to out path and then you slam the face shut to prevent blocking it a mile right. Why your path is so far right could be from a number of things


Edited by Krt22, 14 November 2017 - 12:59 AM.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:34 PM

I am a frequent visitor to left side OB and hazards off the tee when my left hip moves toward the ball. A nasty relative/result of "coming out of your posture." This lovely bit of spastic results in the club coming hard from the inside and the face snapping shut at the same time. The cure for me is Monte's "stick your butt out" fix. Will get you more upright and help you get that left hip moving to the left.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 11:22 AM

Typically, it is caused by forward motion of the upper body during the downswing. IOW, you slide instead of turn.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 11:34 AM

Video would help for sure. Could be a very shut club face through the ball.


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 02:00 PM

I've had the same experience and share your frustrations.  

For me it's almost always the result of the slide that others have mentioned above and moving forward towards the target with my downswing.  I naturally want to draw most shots, so this forward movement exaggerates my shaft dropping behind and in order to not send the ball out right I de-loft the club face to extremes and send out no spin bullets that place the lives of small, furry mammals down the fairway in jeopardy - like 4.5* launch and 900 rpm spin kind of stuff.

Anytime I have this happen, the 4 wood comes out for the next tee shot just to get some confidence back and then when it's time for driver again I work on making sure I have proper forward tilt from my hips at address - when I stand too upright it flattens my swing and I get to pulling with my left arm too much which quickly brings OB left into play - and working on feeling like I'm fading the ball.  I hardly ever actually fade that next ball with the driver after my previous one was a hooking bullet, but the feeling of trying to hit that shot calms down my face to path some and I get the height I want back.  If that fade thought doesn't quite get me back to where I want I work on a few slow practice swings where I just work on twisting then uncoiling my hips with the swing trying to stay back behind the ball.

Hopefully you find something that works for you to get the big dog sorted.
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