pull vs hook (in cricket, golf, baseball)

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  1. Tony100000

    Tony100000 Senior Member

    According to the dictionary:
    Would it be correct to say that they are synonyms? :confused:
  2. JamesM

    JamesM Senior Member

    A hook has a tighter arc than a pull, as I see it. If you hook a ball it heads off in a pronounced sideways direction. If you pull a ball it gently curves to one side or another.
  3. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    Pretty much. I interpret both as meaning that the ball curves to the left insted of straight ahead (for a right-handed player, to the right for a lefty).

    Edit: I don't have the distinction James has for the exact shape but understand what he means:D
  4. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    In baseball "pull" has a very specific meaning that has nothing per se to do with "curving." If a right-handed batter pulls the ball when he hits it, it goes to the left of second base.
  5. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    Agreed. Many pulls do curve but the main sense is just going to the left of straight ahead. A hook, however, as James says, usually has a pronounced curve to it, typically increasing the further the ball goes.
  6. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    In golf (and only golf) "hook" and "slice" have specific directions, as do "pull" and "push", which are slightly different. Here is an excerpt from golf.about.com:

    "Pull" describes a trajectory or ball flight in which the golf ball starts to the left (for a right-handed golfer) of the target line and continues traveling left in a straight line, ending up well left of the target. A pull is distinguished from a hook by the fact that a hook curves to the left (for a righthander), while a pull flies on a straight path to the left."

    A "pull" going to the right instead of left is a "push". A "hook" going right instead of left is a "slice".

    Again these definitions are only for golf.
  7. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    A hook in cricket also goes to the left ( for a RHB) :D Those shots that go the right have a variety of names...
  8. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    British English
    A hook in cricket does not impart a curved flight on the ball. Neither does a pull. They are two different ways of striking the ball and refer to the relative positions of ball, bat and batsman, and the trajectory of the bat, at the moment the ball is hit.
  9. dermott

    dermott Senior Member

    Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
    B.E. via Australian English
    Problem is each of them can have different meanings in different sports. In golf, a pull is when (for a right-handed player) the ball goes to the left of the target, but without veering much off its course. When the ball swings in the air to the left, regardless of its original line, it's a hook. Of course, a duck hook or snap hook is when it hooks left almost off the club face. Tell me about it.

    In cricket, a hook and a pull are essentially the same shot; the pull playing the ball from around waist height, a hook from around shoulder height.
  10. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)

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