Golf Tips on How to Get Rid of a Snap Hook
There might not be an uglier shot in golf than the snap hook. This is a shot that turns to the left (for a right handed golfer) almost immediately after leaving the face of the club. One of the big problems with hitting a snap hook is that it will rarely stop before finding trouble such as trees, water hazards, or out of bounds. While you might be able to recover from a slice if you hit one in a direction that offers some room for error, very few courses provide enough room to forgive a snap hook.
With that in mind, it is important for your success on the course that you are able to get right of the snap hook as quickly as possible when it starts to show up in your game. Here are a few tips that can help you toward that end –
- Slow everything down. Moving too fast is a common cause of the dreaded snap hook. This is especially true of your lower body – if your legs race out from under your swing before the club has a chance to catch up, you will end up swinging from well inside the proper path. From there, you can either leave the club face open and push the ball way out to the right (as a right handed golfer), or you can close the face down and be left with the snap hook. Slow down your transition, and slow down your lower body rotation, to correct this problem.
- Keep moving toward the target. While you don’t want your body to race out from under your swing, you also don’t want to stop moving altogether when you get near impact. Another way to generate a snap hook is to have your body rotation slow down or stop as the club approaches the ball – this causes the club face to close too quickly and a hook is almost inevitable.
- Stay connected in the takeaway. One more potential cause of your snap hook is lifting the club up away from your body during the takeaway. When this happens, you create too much space between your club and your body, and that space is room that can be used later to get the club inside the proper path – and a hook is the likely outcome. As you turn away from the target in your backswing, keep your arms connected to your torso so the club stays on a better plane.