There are two entirely different fixes depending on which you suffer from. Tom is OK on how to fix your pull hook. However, to fix a snap hook, the last thing you want to do is swing more right!! To fix this, first check your grip. If you weaken your grip to the point the clubface is square to the path you will see the ball start way right, the push. In short, to stop the snap hook you have to get a more online swing path. Exaggerate this correction by trying to hit fades and slices. You will see better impact contact and a higher ball flight immediately.
Wrong title for this article! Should have been titled how to cure a “Pull Hook”. A pull hook and a snap hook are two entirely different ball flights. They look very similar, but the swing path for a snap hook is not left of target. It is almost always too inside out and the clubface is way too closed to that path. It almost always results from the club getting way too far behind you on the downswing and the body not properly turning through the shot. The body slides too much, blocks the turn and there’s nothing for the hands to do but flip through impact, thus the “snap hook”.
The snap hook almost always results from a backswing flaw of getting the club too far across the line at the top and coming from underneath on the downswing
Hitting with a shut club face at impact causes the on the sweet spot pull draw. Looks great but not optimal. Everything starts at target and curves left. Misses when I get quick and out of sink with longer irons are snap hooks or 50 yard high hooks. You can try to swing inside out all you want but if the face is too shut at impact it will never be a push draw. Launch monitor at Golftech a couple years ago showed me as club face open 5-6 degrees and swing path right 10-11 degrees and that does produce a high push draw; not optimal either. So back to what I am working on to fix my pull draw. The grip can be the issue. My grip is unbalanced and thumb position when to what is easy instead of what is correct; i.e. my grip is getting sloppy so I end up re-gripping the club in the back swing/transition and it becomes shut. I hit a good clean solid shot(not fat and not digging) but hold my finish then re-setup without letting go of the club and the club is shut and pointing towards the direction my last ball took off. This always happens when I take a break from golf.
That is your biggest problem, the swing path is way too much inside out, the body gets in the way on the downswing, and the hands flip over through impact, thus the “snap hook”
I cured a bad hook by opening the club face at address and also rotating the club clockwise at the top of the swing (a la Ben Hogan). Using different degrees of opening or rotating, I can vary a fade. A way of stopping the left wrist from closing the club face at impact is to change the grip of the left hand so that the back of the hand is facing the ground – this helps to prevent the right hand overpowering the left. Works for me
sorry most here are incorrect. Besides perhaps a very strong grip, the other main reasons for a hook is: alignment way right of target so your brain has to either pull the ball back to the target or wrist it over, causing the hook. The other reason is because you slowed down your swing, perhaps because you weren’t comfortable or tried to guide it, and the upper body took over and hooked the ball. the other stuff here is way too technical and makes no sense.