How to Fix a Hook or Slice

How to Fix a Hook or Slice

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One of the most common issues golfers face is hooks and slices, and the culprit might be your downswing plane.

In this video from our Golf Swing Tips series, we will discuss downswing plane, how it affects your golf swing, and what you can do to avoid hooks and slices.

What is Right Side Bend?

Right side bend is how your trail shoulder moves during the swing. When you tilt to your right, that's right side bend. In the golf swing, as you get to the top and work down, right side bend occurs when you tilt to the right in the downswing.

The Issue of Hooks and Slices

For golfers who struggle with hooks, their right shoulder may be coming down too much and staying too far behind, causing the arms to throw out to the right, resulting in a shot that hooks. On the other hand, for those who slice the ball, their right shoulder never gets into the right side bend. It stays high, and when they try to make a move at the bottom, the result is a swing across the ball, leading to a slice.

How to Improve Your Downswing Plane

To correct the issue of hooks and slices, you need to focus on how your trail shoulder moves in the swing. First, go up to the top, stop, and let your shoulder drop a little bit. When your hands are about belt buckle high, you should feel your shoulder working outward. Then, when you're about parallel to the ground, let your shoulder work in towards the target.

Whether you're a slicer or a hooker, focusing on how your trail shoulder moves in the swing can help correct the issue. By feeling the right shoulder down a little bit, out, and around, you'll achieve a more neutral position with how the trail shoulder moves in the swing, resulting in a straighter ball flight.


Improving your golf swing takes time and practice, but by focusing on your downswing plane and the movement of your trail shoulder, you can improve your game and avoid the frustration of hooks and slices. By implementing the tips we've discussed in this post, you can take your golf game to the next level. Remember to click "like" and subscribe for more golf swing tips!

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