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This article is from the Golf FAQ, by marcelo@nntpserver.Princeton.EDU (Marcelo A. Gallardo) with numerous contributions by others.

19 What causes / How do I cure a slice/hook?

What causes it?
+++++++++++++++

For the most part, a hook or a slice is caused by the clubface being
opened or closed upon contact. Most people also tend to agree that an
inside-to-out swing plane causes a hook, and an outside-to-in swing
plane causes a slice.

o = ball x = clubhead path

                                                                   x
                                                               x
        o x                     o x  x  x               o x
               x
                   x

        HOOK                    STRAIGHT                SLICE
        ----                    --------                -----

How do I cure it?
+++++++++++++++++

There are many swing faults that can cause the clubface angle and the
club path to lead you to a hook or a slice. Because it's very difficult
to tell which particular fault(s) causes your hook or slice, it's best
to see your local Golf Professional for an assessment and lesson/.

For those of you that just can't or wont see a Professional, here are a
few swing faults that can promote a hook or a slice:


SLICE HOOK
----- ----
Outside-in path Inside-out path
Incomplete hand release Too much/early hand release
"Coming over the top" "Casting" from the top
Collapsed left wrist Bowed left wrist
Swing too upright Swing to flat
Not enough legs Too much/early legs
Ball too far back in stance Ball to far forward in stance







 

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