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Check Your Vs!
Many things can cause a slice, but most often the grip is the source of the trouble. Here’s how to fix it: Make sure that when looking down at address, you can see the first two knuckles of your left hand and a “V” formed between the thumb and forefinger pointing toward your right shoulder. With the right hand, have the “V” pointing toward your chin or slightly to the right shoulder. It works!
Grip it Light on the Right
In general, you need to keep the right side solid for a strong shot. But don’t let this carry through to your grip. Many golfers tend to grip the club too tightly with the right hand, which leads to unnecessary tension. It can also make you swing “over the top” and cut across the ball. Here’s the fix: Check your right-side grip, arm, and shoulder tension before each swing. You should sense that have muscle tension corresponding to a “6” or “7” on a scale of 1-10. And remember: Light muscles are better than tight muscles!
Use a Crosshand Golf Grip
One common error in putting is a breakdown of the wrists – they should work as a unit! If this problem applies to you, try using a “crosshand” grip. To do this, place the left hand down the grip where the right hand would normally be, and put the right hand atop the grip. This may feel odd at first, but it forces the hands to work as a unit, which is one of the fundamentals of good putting. And remember: Always keep the hands in front of the ball during the stroke, and the left wrist flat!
Don’t Choke it to Death!
Many golfers think they have to grip it hard to hit it hard. Actually, a tense muscle is a slow muscle! Clubhead speed is crucial for distance, and light muscles can work faster. On a scale of 1-10, try to attain a grip pressure of 5 or 6. Grip it light to hit it far!
Increase Your Forearm Strength
Left wrist and forearm strength are critical to golf success. So often I see the left wrist breaking down through impact, being dominated by the right arm. This causes many ills including topping, loss of distance, and pulling shots to the left. One great strengthening drill for this problem requires you to hold the club straight out in front of you using the last three fingers of the left hand. Next, using your wrists, move the club up and down 10-12 times. Three slow controlled sets without bending the arm will train the proper motion into your muscle memory.
Point Your Way to Consistency
What the hands do directly affects the clubface position, which affects the ball’s flight. With a normal stance, take your grip but point your finger down the shaft so it’s pointing at the ball at address. Check the club when it’s parallel to the ground on both the backswing and follow-through. The finger should point down the target line on the way back and at the target on the way through. This is also a great tip if you’re confused about how it should feel to release your hands properly.
Aligning the Golf Grip with the Clubhead
If your hands are improperly aligned with the clubhead, you will hit only a few isolated accurate shots. What I check before address is the alignment of the grip with the face of the club. They go together. Most golfers know of this relationship between the hands and the clubface – at least, they know it theoretically – but the ordinary golfer rarely puts
it into practice. Very often, while he is fiddling with his golf grip, he inadvertently rotates the shaft and twists the clubface out of alignment. Most pros, on the other hand, knowing that the grip is correct only when it is correctly aligned with the clubface, take pains to check this fundamental of good golf.