The only contact between you and the golf club is your grip. How you place your hands on the club can make all the difference in how your shot turns out. Therefore it is of great importance that you properly grip the club each time.
Are you confident you are properly griping the golf club? When shots are not flying as intended your golf grip should be among your first check points.
There are few components that comprise a proper golf grip. Club placement across the palm of the hand (high, mid, low), grip type (baseball, inter-locking, overlap), grip strength (strong, neutral, weak) and grip pressure are just a few.
Awhile back Dooley Duffer was spraying the ball to right more times than not. Those errant shots were starting out on line but low and then moved hard to the right. His round was in danger unless he could correct whatever was going wrong.
Dooley tried adjusting his stance, moved the ball further away at address and further forward trying to fix what was obviously an issue with an open club face at impact. His efforts met with only mixed results. He just couldn't figure out what to do next. That round went south and stayed there for him that day.
Since that day Dooley (and I) found a tremendous golf swing resource called "How to Break 80...and shoot like the pros" by Jack Moorehouse. Jack's book helped Dooley realize that he had slipped into a weak grip which was causing so much of his trouble that day.
Jack outlined a quick check method to determine that you properly grip the golf club. I have included it below.
Six Steps to a Sound Grip
Having the proper grip provides many benefits. It not only generates good swings, it also promotes consistency. And it goes a long way toward making sure that the clubface is in the right position at impact, improving ball striking. Below is a six-step approach to the correct grip, developed by Jim Flick, the well-known golf teacher. Follow his approach and you'll grip your club correctly every time.
In a proper grip your palms should face each other. Your wrists should be able to hinge up and down with ease. And you hands should be "compatible" so one doesn't override the other. Also, you want to hold the club in your fingers to enhance the sensitivity for the weight and position of the club. Now follow these six steps:
1. Start by gripping the club with your left hand first, if you're right-handed. (If you're left-handed, grip it with the right hand.) Always put this hand on the club first because it's your guide to sensing the alignment of the clubface.
2. Make sure the side of the grip is firmly against your fingers, with the club's toe pointing up.
3. The club's handle should rest just under the heel pad and runs to your index finger.
4. Now add your other hand. Make sure the grip touches the middle joints of your middle two fingers.
5. Your right hand lifeline fits over your left thumb if you're right-handed and vice versa.
6. Hold the club at a 45-degree angle to feel wrist hinging and proper grip pressure.
Once he applied what he learned and began to correctly grip the golf club, Dooley hit the ball so much more effectively. He said, "I didn't know how much of a difference the correct grip would make in my swing". Dooley is a much better skins partner these days for sure thanks to his proper grip.
If you need sound golf swing instruction to help you perfect your golf swing and lower your handicap then I would like to recommend the same resource that helped Dooley. If it helped Dooley Duffer than I am sure it can help you too!
Wayne Hudler is an avid golfer of over 30 years and golf writer.
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