Today’s blog post is for an avid student of the game from New York that sent along some clips of his full swing to me for review. He also included pictures of his grip. Thank you Phil, for providing today’s topic, I hope this tip helps you control the clubface better to hit more accurate shots.
Here is Phil’s Grip for full swing shots in the left hand.
The key to a creating leverage and allowing the face to rotate naturally is to hold the grip in your fingers and under the pad of the left hand. Phil your grip is very much in the palm of your hand, which means you have a lot of potential to hit it longer, straighter and with ease! In the putting stroke, I would like your grip completely in your palms and the shaft running through your forearms, but this palm position is a killer to the full swing. The goal for putting and full swing is very different, therefore a completely different grip is required. The following is a drill that I use with students to get their grip more in their fingers and less in the palm for full swing shots.
In this picture the student is pinching a tee in between the gap of the left hand (for a right handed golfer). This pinch forces the grip to get more into the fingers. My preference is to see a slightly stronger left hand and a neutral right hand. Try taking the grip with your left hand to the side of your body and then hinge the club up. The up and down hinge motion is like a hammer, this is the same motion you will use to hit the golf ball. Finally, add a couple of waggles to loosen tension and get the hands ready to move. In athletic motion you never want to freeze of the ball, you always want a little bit of motion to get you started. Best of luck Phil and please keep those great questions coming.
Megan Padua is a PGA Certified Instructor, LPGA Member, TPI Level 2 Junior Golf Certified, a TPI Level 1 Golf Professional, Coutour Certified Putter Fitting Professional, and a Staff Teaching Professional with JRG/TSGA programs at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix