Winning Edge with Fung

Wed 28 Jan 2015

Winning Edge with Fung

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In this latest segment of golf tips from the Asian Tour Academy, Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung shows us the key elements to hitting a hook shot when you need to get out of trouble.
By Nicholas Fung
Sometimes, we need to shape our golf shots during a round to get out of trouble. In this segment, I’ll show you what are the key thoughts when I need to hit a hook shot.
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As you can see, my approach shot into the green here is blocked by some overhanging branches. This would certainly require a hook shot to get the ball to go around the trees and onto the green.
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One of the main keys for this shot which isn’t too difficult is to ensure that you align your feet and shoulders towards the right of the intended target. However, the clubface should still be aimed towards the target when you want your ball to land.
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Ensure you make a full shoulder turn on this shot and the back swing is essentially the same as you would hit a regular iron shot. However, upon impact and for the follow through, you will need ensure your clubface must not be square of the target. Upon impact, you should be closing or rolling your clubface to create a hook action.
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As with all other shots, you need lots of practice to successfully pull off a hook shot when you need to get it out of trouble the next time you are on the golf course.
All the best.