1. Move back to get your head just inside line of ball
2. Pivot on back leg
3. Make contact as ball passes over front shoulder
4. Pivot completely around
5. Hit ball behind square on leg side
You sometimes hear of rolling your wrists when you hook, but there is usually insufficient time to complete this manoeuvre. You can try to hook down if the ball has not climbed too high, or you can deliberately attempt to hit it in the air for six. Balance is the key to controlling this stroke. It carries a high degree of risk, but it is also a means of taking the game to the bowler. It is up to you to assess the percentages and decide if they are in your favour at any particular stage of the game.
Whenever you try to hook, you get caught at long leg.
Give up playing the stroke if the percentages of success are not in your favour.
Play hook shots against an imaginary ball with either a coach or experienced partner watching or in front of a mirror. Shape to hook six balls.
- Ensure you have a good set-up with a high backlift.
- Move your back foot backwards to get your body inside the line of the imaginary ball.
- Pivot round as you play the shot as if you are helping the ball on its way.
- For two imaginary balls, instead of going through the shape of the hook, get out of the way, either ducking down or swaying back.
5 or 6 well-executed hooks or leaves = 5 points
3 or 4 well-executed hooks or leaves = 3 points
1 or 2 well-executed hooks or leaves = 1 point