Head Off the Snap-hook

Keep turn­ing to straighten your tee shots

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

lub­head speed for the av­er­age golfer is 135 to 160 kilo­me­tres per hour. Let’s say you’re swing­ing down at 144 kph, and your body stops turn­ing . What hap­pens? Well, you’re not stop­ping that club­head, so it whips past you.The face flips closed, and you hit a snap-hook – a low screamer that turns left be­fore it leaves the tee box.

With most snap-hooks, there’s another tell­tale sign:Your weight never

Cshifts to your front foot dur­ing the down­swing. Com­bine that with a stalled turn, and it’s easy to snap it. I see this a lot on up­hill tee shots, where there’s an urge to hang back and help the ball up, or when nerves or fa­tigue work against a full turn through the ball.

Here’s what I tell my play­ers who are fight­ing the hooks:“Get your belt buckle to the tar­get.” Keep turn­ing un­til the mid­dle of your body faces for­ward. And be sure you shift off that back foot. Shift for­ward, turn through. You’ll beat those nasty hooks.

BUCKLE UP Turn your belt buckle to the tar­get, and you’ll keep the club­face from clos­ing. Some play­ers have

body ac­tion on the down­swing. They slide their hips ag­gres­sively, which can cause the club to drop be­hind the body. The re­sult of­ten is a big block to the right. Here’s a drill: Take a nar­row stance, and hit driv­ers at 75 per­cent. You’ll learn not to slide and to make a bet­ter turn through.

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