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Hook Trajectory

The hook ball flight for a right-handed golfer.

Illustration by William Glessner
Definition: "Hook" describes a trajectory or ball flight in which the golf ball starts out to the right (for a right-handed golfer) before curving severely back to the left and missing its target to the left. (Reverse those directions for left-handed golfers.) A hook is the opposite of the slice. Hooks are often the bane of amateur golfers and, for amateurs, can be tough to straighten out. A popular golf saying is, "You can talk to a slice but a hook won't listen."

Also see: Quick tips for diagnosing your hook

Also Known As: The "duck hook" and "snap hook" are variations on the theme, and indicate severity.
The Golf Guide hooked his tee shot into the trees on the left side of the fairway.
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