Golf Duck Hook

What Should You Do If You Hit a Duck Hook Without Making a Mistake?

Losing control of a golf ball is one of the most frightening things that can happen in the game of golf. Even the best players in the world occasionally miss a shot, but it generally only lasts for a brief period of time.

When a particularly awful shot occurs, it might be the start of something much more serious and lengthier for many amateurs. That is why it’s crucial to understand how to organize your time so you can play more enjoyable games.

The dreaded duck hook, also known as the snap hook, is one of those photos that imply a lack of control. Even the name makes me cringe and brings back memories of some of my most awful rounds ever played.

Hooks: Snap and Duck

The first thing we must establish is the word “duck hook” or “snap hook.” Because they are both implying the same awful shot, the terms are interchangeable!

To summarize, a duck hook is an event in which the ball abruptly changes direction and goes straight into the ground shortly after collision. A duck hook for right-handed players begins straight ahead for a few feet or yards before diving to the left.

In my opinion, the name of this aircraft is a little confusing. To be honest, I’m not sure how it acquired its name; however, I believe it has something to do with the fact that it resembles a useless duck plummeting from the sky. This one is a huge disappointment. It has almost no chance of remaining in the air and, as if to prove it, it appears to flop and wiggle its way down to earth.

When a player is attempting to hit a complete or almost complete shot, the duck hook will occur. Because the swing is lengthy and severe, it appears strange, yet the ball does not react off the clubface as one would anticipate.

Isn’t it true that for a huge, long, and powerful swing, you want a big, long golf shot? Yes.

Unfortunately, as many of us are aware, this isn’t always the case. But there is still hope! The duck hook may be mended.

What Causes Snap Hooks (Duck Hooks) to Appear?

Why do ducks and catfish hook themselves on a duck hook or snap hook? To understand why this occurs, we must first have knowledge. It’s better to avoid snapping hooks. If you don’t know why one snaps, you’ll probably try to repair it in the wrong way. Let’s get this party started.

  1. Spin
  2. Closed Clubface

First, spin is a key component of the duck hook. Because it’s spinning at a rapid rate, the duck hook appears unsightly and odd.

Spin, on the other hand, isn’t always a negative thing. Spin aids in the creation of lift on the golf ball and may assist us in stopping the ball where we want it to land. When we see an obstacle, a canted shot can assist us in bending it around it. The negative effects of spin are only significant if it is spinning in an unexpected direction.

This is due to the incorrect spin of the golf ball, which causes duck hooks. That’s useful information, but we should also discuss how it takes place.

Ball flight rules tell us that Spin is controlled by two factors:

  • Face angle
  • Club Patch

The slope of the club face is determined by the angle of your typical swing. It’s logical, isn’t it? Your club’s path to the ball at impact is determined by where your club head goes after it has impacted the ball.

When a player’s clubface is closed and the route is inside-out, a duck hook occurs. Now, those two factors might also produce a lovely little baby draw those flies straight down the fairway. It’s the most extreme degree of closed and inside-out swing that produces a duck hook for the duck hook.

This is frequently the case, although this isn’t what most people believe. That’s why the final iron shot often appears to be a draw, but it is in fact an opening drive. Beginners sometimes believe that if the ball goes left (for a right-handed golfer), the route must also be abandoned when a stop is missed. However, this isn’t always the case. The situation is reversed in this instance.

When these two elements are combined, the face does not make a firm connection with the ball. The impact zone on the clubface is slightly offset to the right, allowing you to direct a little spin on your golf ball. The impact zone comes into play just as you’re swinging through and continuing through contact with the ball.

How Can I Get Rid of My Snap Hooks?

There are two ways to stop using snap hooks. The first way is to understand why they happen and make the corrections required to fix your swing. The second way is to work on your short game so that you can get the ball closer to the hole when you’re in trouble. In this case, practice makes perfect!

  1. Improve Your Swing

The most important factor in fixing a duck hook is to make sure your clubface is square at impact. This will ensure that the ball hits the sweet spot and gets good contact with the club. It will also help you to control your spin and keep the ball from going too far left.

Another important factor is to make sure your swing is on the correct path. A lot of times, people who duck hook their shots are swinging too much from the inside. This can be corrected by making sure your swing is more on the outside-in path. This will help you to hit the ball straighter and with less spin.

  1. Practice Your Short Game

If you’re having trouble fixing your duck hook, you can also try to improve your short game. This will help you to get the ball closer to the hole when you find yourself in trouble. Practice your chipping and pitching so that you can get up-and-down more often. You can also try to hit more fairways and greens in regulation. This will help you to lower your score and improve your game overall.

  1. Use a Golf Training Aid

If you’re still having trouble fixing your duck hook, you can try using a golf training aid. There are many different types of training aids available that can help you with your swing. Find one that suits your needs and use it to help you fix your duck hook.

Snap Hook Prevention Drills

There are three basic drills you can do to help eliminate duck hooks. Take these two practice sessions on the range to resolve your problem.

Standing Alignment Stick Drill:

The Standing Alignment Stick Drill is a great way to help you stay on track and hit the ball straighter. This drill requires a alignment stick or golf club, and a practice mat.

To perform this drill, place the alignment stick or golf club parallel to your target line. Make sure the stick or club is pointing in the direction you want the ball to start.

Take your stance, and make sure your feet are in line with the stick or club.

Place a golf ball on the ground and take your practice swing. Make sure you keep your head down, and that you swing through the ball. Repeat this drill until you feel comfortable swinging through the ball without hitting the alignment stick or club.

Alignment Stick Path Drill:

From here on, you’ll need the same alignment pole that you used in the previous exercise.

  1. Set it up and aim it at the intended line. Once you’ve done that, tilt it slightly to point 10-15 yards to the left of your target.
  2. Then, stand behind the pole and swing as if you’re going to hit a golf ball against it. Make sure your divot is parallel to the alignment pole by swinging like this.

This is identical to the drill above. It should result in a little baby fade toward your goal.

Weak Grip Drill:

Finally, this drill is only meant to compensate for an incorrect grip. This drill assumes that your grip is stronger than it should be, which would be the case if you’re having trouble with a snap hook.

  1. Put both of your palms on the club so that both of your thumbs are positioned down the shaft. This is certainly going to feel strange at first.
  2. Then, go all out and hit some of the softest, most full-swing shots you’ve ever attempted.

The goal of this exercise is to experience the ball flight as a result of making a weaker grip. The drill grip isn’t supposed to be your permanent hold. Between your original grip and the drill grip, you will need a grasp.


That is all there is to it! Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how to fix the difficulties with the duck hooks presented at the beginning of this text.

Don’t be too disappointed if the ball goes short and into the ground fast.

Instead, make a few minor changes to your grip and trajectory and you’ll see a lovely baby fading right towards your intended target in no time.

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