Golf Digest Fitness Editor Ron Kaspriske suggests exercises that will help you counter the dreaded hook.
Released on 12/4/2014
|Executive Producer:||Harrison Levinson|
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[Ron Kaspriske] Hi, I'm Ron Kaspriske, fitness editor for
And this is Get Golf Fit.
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You know golf is a cool game.
After years and years of slicing, you think you've finally
got it correct and guess what, you develop a hook
Now the ball's curving in the other direction.
So what happens when you hook the ball is that the the club
face is closed in relation to the path to the you're
swinging on at impact.
But I'm going to show you two exercises in the gym that'll
actually cure that hook and you'll start hitting it
You know a common problem with golfers who hit hooks is that
during the down swing their pelvis moves in toward the ball
too soon and actually blocks the path of the club and they
end up shutting the face and hooking it.
What you need is core stability when you swing and that'll
prevent your pelvis from moving forward and you'll be able
to freely swing those arms down through impact.
This beginner exercise will definitely help with that, it's
called a chop and a lift and Ryan is going to demonstrate it
He gets into a half kneeling position, holding a weighted
Now what he's going to do, is the chop portion of the
So, he's going to push it down toward his right hip.
Notice he's pushing the bar away from himself and the other
thing you should also note is that he's nice and tall.
He's very upright, you want to stay upright, don't hunch
Now comes the lift portion, and again, he's pushing the bar
away from himself.
All the while, his core is nice and tight, he's stabilized.
So now, he's able to rotate without that pelvis thrusting
forward and blocking the swing.
You know another common problem with golfers who hit hooks
is that their bodies stop rotating too soon and their arms
keep going and that's what shuts the face and causes that
big hook shot.
This exercise, that Ryan is going to demonstrate, is called
the band resistant trunk rotation.
So, I'm going to hold on to this band pretty tight, but you
can also anchor it to a wall or a door.
And what Ryan is going to do is simulate his through swing.
So, he steps and turns, and I gotta get a hold, I wasn't
ready for that.
So, he steps toward the target and he turns his trunk.
Look how much rotation he's getting in that upper body,
that's really what you wanna shoot for when you swing.
You want that right shoulder to keep moving.
And don't forget, once you've done a handful of these in
this direction, you also want to work in the opposite
The good news is, you can correct that hook in the gym, just
remember you need a stable core and you gotta train so that
trunk keeps moving.
And for more tips, go to golfdigest.com and Get Golf Fit.
Here's my little friend Ryan.