How to fix the weak hand golf grip

Distance, Ken Little, PGA Pro, Coach

Through out my career as a teaching professional I have experienced many golfers
coming to me seeking more distance and greater accuracy with their shot making. The
desire for more distance is hands down the number one request. I can personally be
assured that many golf shots lacking distance have a significant amount of curvature
to them as well. It is a sure bet the direction of this curvature is to the right. A
slice for right handed golfers.

We may never obtain the distance and accuracy demonstrated by Tiger Woods or any
great tour star for that matter. However, we can commit to the same solid
fundamentals or basics touring professionals have and build a swing to fit our body
that is unique in its own way. I believe the most overlooked fundamental in all of
golf is how the club is actually held in the hands. I feel that the grip is the
heartbeat of the golf swing. A faulty grip can affect one or all of the ball flight
laws of clubhead speed, swing path, center of contact, angle of decent, and the
squaring of the clubface at impact.

More times than not the problem is how the student is holding the club with their
weak hand. Left hand for right handed golfers. The tendency is to have the club
handle positioned straight across the hand and more towards the palm. The result is a
weak or open face position. This method will most likely cause the clubface to be in
the open position at impact and limit the natural releasing (right hand rolling over
the left) of the clubhead through the hitting area. In an attempt to square the club
and obtain more power, we may find ourselves over working the bigger muscles of the
body and actually magnifying our current problems.

I personally teach the finger to palm diagonal grip. I like to see the heel pad of
the left hand more on top of the club or closed face position. The V formed between
the forefinger and thumb pointing to the right shoulder. The right hand more where
the fingers meet the hand covering the left thumb with the life line. This proper
grip will assist in squaring up the clubface in addition to letting the clubhead
release naturally.

This new grip may indeed feel funny or uncomfortable at first. This may be true only because it is new and different. However, with practice and patience you will soon begin to feel the clubhead actually squaring up and releasing properly through the hitting area with much less effort. Correcting both distance and directional problems with one simple change.

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