Learning to play a low hook was something I never thought I would ever have need. Well, as it turns out this specialty shot is one that I use more than any other. Primarily because of the 10th hole at Osprey Links Golf Course. The main reason I need to extricate my ball from trouble with this shot is because I try to cut the corner on the dogleg left par 5 and usually jamb myself on the left side. My options are to hit a short chip to 175 yards or hit a low hook to within 100 yards. Guess which shot I prefer?
As you can see from the image below, when I hit my ball left off the tee (to the star) I needed to develop a shot that would gain me some distance without generating too much trouble. There is, however, some course management aspects of this shot I need to point out.
First, if I do not shape the ball, I will hit the ball into the woods across the fairway. Second, if I play too close to the edge of the left trees, the fairway is shaped right to left so that my ball will collect into the hazards on the left. The trees on the corner are too high to go over when I am close to the edge of the left fairway or in the rough. Lastly, when selecting this shot, I need to commit to the hooking shot and have confidence I will be able to execute it without any challenges.
Now that I know I am going to hit a hook shot, I need to set up for it properly and I found a video that quickly explains how I execute my hook shot.
As I was teaching myself to play this shot, I ran into several pitfalls where I was pulling the ball left all the time. I could not figure out why I was continually hitting sharp left until I figured out the finish. Finishing high over my left shoulder was the key. When I learned this important aspect of my swing, my success percentage climbed exponentially. For men, it was the critical swing piece I was missing. Now, that I have all the swing components that PGA Professional Travis Fulton mentions, I am confident I can hit this stroke saving hook more often than not. Additionally, my misses are not as damaging either. 😉
If you need to hit a low hook to get out of trouble, then I suggest you give this technique a try.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!