How’d He Hit That: Low Hook Recovery Shot

Josh Kelley

Josh Kelley

SwingU Instructor

Welcome to this week’s episode of How’d He Hit That? where every week we take a look at an unbelievable golf shot and help you to learn how you can use that shot in your game.

This week, SwingU instructor Josh Kelley takes on a very important shot for players who tend to hit it a little crooked off the tee. Everyone hits bad shots, but it’s how you recover from those poor shots that will make or break your round. Having a low hook in your bag will make saving par a whole lot easier.

The first thing we want to do when hitting a low hook is to make sure we keep the ball close to the ground, so club selection is key. Don’t let the distance of the shot h, ave too much impact on the club you select; objective no. 1 is getting out of trouble and back in play. We can worry about distance control later.

Second, we want a clubface that is closed to our path. In order to do that, we need to set up well right of our target with our feet, but turn the clubface to aim where you want the ball to end up. This setup does the job of manipulating the ball for you, so you don’t want to make compensations in your swing.

By closing the clubface, recognize that you’re delofting the club, i.e. your 5-iron will react more like a 3-iron. As a result, these won’t typically be full-swing shots. Taking some time to get a feel for the distance you’re hitting these recovery shots — especially if you play at a course that features a lot of trees — will be very important in pulling off the shot to perfection. 


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