Presented by Jeff Ritter, Camp Director
Nike Advanced Junior Golf Camps, Monterey Peninsula
Fixing Your Hook Off The Tee - Two Simple Golf Tips
Getting rid of a hook with Nike Junior Golf Camps’ National Director of Instruction, Jeff Ritter
Many of our beginner campers at Nike Junior Golf Camps struggle with hitting the same hook or slice shot off the tee. Whether it is due to swing tendencies from another club or racket sport or just bad habits developed over time without professional instruction, we think instruction for juniors should be presented as simple tips that are easy to remember. If one of our young players goes back to the course after camp and can’t remember what we’ve taught them, we haven’t done our job.
NJGC National Director of Instruction and camp director for Nike Junior Golf Camps in Pebble Beach, CA, Jeff Ritter, is an expert on providing quick tips for fixing common errors on the course. Below are two steps that can help our juniors who struggle hooking the ball to the inside off the tee.
Tip #1: Swing Your Club Face Inside of the Ball – Many hooks form because players start their swing with their club head too far outside the ball. Start by bringing your hands further inside, closer to your body, so your club face swings naturally inside of the golf ball. Then, focus on beginning your downswing by rotating your body aggressively to the finish. More turn with less lateral motion is key.
Tip #2: Circular Swing Motion with Your Hands and Body – While focusing on keeping your hands inside, make a rounded swing with your body and hands through the ball. If you focus on moving your hands and body in a circle, as opposed to a straight line, you’ll minimize the hook and get a better understanding of how to hit the ball the other way.
About Nike Junior Golf Camps
Nike Junior Golf Camps is a division of US Sports Camps, Inc (USSC). Headquartered in San Rafael, California, USSC is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps in the U.S. since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement. Nike Junior Golf Camps offers junior overnight and day camps, as well as advanced player camps at over 140 locations nationwide. Since 1994, more than 200,000 junior golfers have participated in the camps.