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The pull hook with 3 degree upright clubs

Mitchell S

I recently got fitted for a pair of titleist ap1 irons with s300 steel shafts set at three degrees upright. I have had the tendency to have a pull hook with them and was wondering how I could correct this problem.

Look forward to hearing your insight,


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  1. James E


    I would go back to the fitter and tell them what is happening. My first reaction is that the day you were fit you swung at the ball a little different than you typically do. It sounds like the clubs may be a bit too upright. The heel may be hitting the ground while the toe is in the air causing the heel to slow down and the club to turn over. It will be a simple fix if it is just an equipment issue. Your fitter will certainly be able to help and correct the issue.

  2. Shawn E

    Your irons should contact ball first, then the ground. The heel should not be hitting the ground before the ball. You hit ball first, then make divot. What happens is this. When a club is bent upright (iron/wedge), due to the way it is attached to the shaft, the toe raises and the club face looks more to the left (closed)(right-handed clubs). When the club is flattened, the toe lowers and the face looks more to the right (open). This is why an upright lie will produce draws/hooks. It is the same condition that occurs with stock clubs when the ball is above your feet on a hilly lie. A typical shot with the ball above your feet on the side of a hill will result in a right to left flight (draw/hook). The swing requires that you present the clubface at impact with the toe higher up, which makes the face look left (closed). The opposite is true when you are standing on top of the hill and the ball is on the side of the hill below your feet. Even a subtle 3" hill in the fairway can cause a left-to-right, or right-to-left, flight depending on your position relative to the ball (feet below/above ball). This is why pros will sometimes have students try to correct slice swings by hitting balls above their feet on side-hill lies. Essentially, bending the club upright is the way to produce the same effect on flat lies. Some things to look at that could be helpful: 1. Check out your divots. Is one side deeper than the other? Does the divot begin after, or before, where the ball was positioned? Is the divot straight or curved? Ultimately, the face is in a closed position at impact with a square or outside/in path. The cause could be in the swing or equipment. two obvious solutions (#2 is probable best start): 1. Get the clubs bent flatter 2. See a pro and work on your swing path and club face angle at impact. Shawn Berlin, MD

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