Golf hook is one of the major difficulties and setbacks to an amateur golfer. There are a number of golf websites and golf training institutes that provide lessons to eradicate the hook in a golfer’s swing shot. However not mere lessons could contribute in the improvement of play and avoiding the golf hook as golf in itself is a hard to master game requiring immense concentration, perfect balance and the perfect application of physics that could be achieved only when there is a lot of practice. Even pros and champions spend a lot of time practicing their shots in every possible venue from their backyard to practice golf sessions to achieve perfections especially with their swing shots.
To begin with it is important to understand what a golf hook is even before looking out for lessons to avoid it. When swinging in golf games, if the axis of the golf ball gets tilted to the left resulting in a counter clockwise spin of the golf ball and the golf ball ending up to the far left of the target line unintentionally, it is called a hook. The target line is the line that would connect the current position where the shot is taken to the hole which is actually the line that the golf ball is supposed to follow to be put into the hole. Needless to say that golf hook is an embarrassment to the golfer and makes putting all the more difficult with all the messed up trajectories.
A golf hook happens when the golf ball is not hit in a squarer fashion during the swing. Hitting squarer means that the head of the golf club should be at right angles to the golf ball during the impact in a golf swing; that lofts the golf ball up in a parabola with the target line as its axis. In other words, the face of the golf head should not be tilted during the impact and the club should end up perfectly at the target point. Conventionally this definition is based on a right handed game and if the golfer is a left hander (and he plays left handed which is not often the case), the directions should be reversed. To many amateur golfers this is a tough deal and golf lessons in websites and the golf lessons provided by trainers to avoid golf hooks are centered on making the swing squarer.
Most golf lessons that are targeted towards reducing hooks concentrate on something called strong grip. According to these golf swing lessons, there should be a delicate balance between too much grip and too less grip. When having three or more knuckles on the club during the swing, the club tends to close inwards during the impact and hence the axis of the golf ball gets changed resulting in a hook. Most of these lessons recommend a two knuckle firm grip to ensure that just the right amount of grip and a far squarer shot is played in the swing.