Hook Shots

Golf Digest Fitness Editor Ron Kaspriske suggests exercises that will help you counter the dreaded hook.

Released on 12/4/2014

Credits

Director: Lukas Huffman
Producer: Emoticon Productions
Executive Producer: Harrison Levinson

Transcript

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