If watching the ball curve left too many times is driving you nuts, try this cure. Maybe it’s all in your grip.
It’s possible that you’re doing everything right in your swing and you still hit those draws that get out of control. If that’s so, the reason is likely that your right hand is overpowering your left just before impact, which makes both hands rotate counter clockwise, closing the clubface. Hello, hook. If you have what is called a neutral grip, with the palms facing each other, and the Vs between the thumb and forefinger of each hand point at your right shoulder, keep reading.
Your left hand is too weak. It’s in a position where it cannot resist the rotation of the right hand trying to hit the ball. As well, the right hand cannot resist rotating counterclockwise in the effort to hit the ball. Both hands are to blame, so we have to correct each one. First, the left hand.
Put your left hand out in front of you, thumb up. Now push gently on the base of the thumb, pushing to the left. You will notice that the thumb rotates away from the push quite easily. This is exactly what’s happening in your swing. the right hand pushes on the left, and the left hand cannot resist. To cure that, Turn your left hand on the grip clockwise, strengthening it, so you can see three knuckles on the back of that hand. Keep the right hand where it is. Do NOT rotate it to match what you did with the left hand.
Now, the left hand is acting as a buttress against the right hand. Now push against the left hand, at the base of the thumb, in this position. The left hand does not move because it cannot. Even if your right hand is pushing hard against it, the left hand will hold its position and keep the clubface square.
See photos of this grip at A Grip Fundamental.
When you try this new grip, rest the clubhead on the ground, take the grip, and look at it to make sure it’s right. Then step up and hit the ball where you’re aiming.
Now let’s correct the right hand.
We do not have to change the position of the hand, but its action. Reduce the function of this hand to nothing more than holding on to the club. Do not try to hit the ball with this hand. That causes problems that go beyond the point of this article, but what is relevant here is that if it does not push against the left hand, the left hand will not feel the need to push back.
Your hands are supposed to be working together to hit the ball, not fighting with each other. If you reduce the right hand to a passive role, you will find that you hit the ball with a squarer clubface, and hit it farther, too. And, it goes straight, which was our primary goal.