Golfers prone to hooks (shots that start right and finish left) tend to have too much hand action and not enough body movement in their golf swings. This drill can help you correct the problem if you tend to hook the ball.

Adopt your regular stance.

Position your legs, shoulders, feet, and so on like you normally do before a swing.

Turn your whole body until you’re looking directly at the target.

Stay in your stance, just facing a new direction.

Twist your upper body to the right until you can set the clubhead behind the ball.

Twist your upper body to the right until you can set the clubhead behind the ball.

Don’t move your feet!

Swing the club back.

Swing the club back.

Remember to maintain proper form in your swing.

Turn your body in concert with the club when you swing at the ball.

Turn your body in concert with the club when you swing at the ball.

Turning hard to the left prevents your hands from becoming overactive.

Follow through in your stroke (still not moving your feet).

Your ball flight becomes a gentle fade (slight slice).

After about 20 shots, hit some balls from your normal stance.

Reproduce the feel of this drill, and you’ll be on your way to eliminating that nasty hook.

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Gary McCord is a PGA Champions Tour player and celebrity golf instructor. He’s best known for the knowledgeable perspective, refreshing humor, and irreverent wit he has shown as a golf commentator for CBS for over 25 years. McCord also appeared in the Kevin Costner movie Tin Cup, playing himself.

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