NCG's Golf Glossary: What is a hook?

Don’t know your dormies from your doglegs? NCG’s Golf Glossary is here to help

Here at NCG we pride ourselves on being the publication for the everyday player, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to delve into the wonderful world of the golfing lexicon.

Sometimes the most obvious terms have the most interesting story, so you might find yourself an interesting conversation starter…

What is a hook?

A shot that initially takes a trajectory on the same side of the golf ball from which the player swings but eventually curves sharply from right to left for a right hander and left to right for a left hander.

Under normal circumstances, a hook is unintentional; however, good players can use a hook to their advantage in certain situations.

A hook is the most common problem with most handicap golfers.

How would I used it in a sentence?

“The player hooked the ball off the tee and the golf ball landed in the water”

What are the origins?

The word hook comes from the Dutch word for projecting.

Any other business?

Not to be confused with a draw shot. A hook is a shot that moves further to the right or left, dependent on hand use, compared to a draw.

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