2013-03-22 / Sports

Golf Tips

The Pre-Swing-The Grip
By Joel Garyn

To understand the golf swing, you must start with the basics involved in preparing for the swing.

Pre-swing fundamentals means before the swing, and includes the grip, posture, ball position, and alignment. Your pre-swing fundamentals directly affect the success of your swing. They are the building blocks to a good golf swing. Only with proper pre-swing fundamentals can you develop a consistent golf swing.

This week we will discuss the grip. Without a proper grip, the club in your hands will not enter the moment of truth, which is the square club face striking the ball in the center of the club face.

Your grip should be applied just firmly enough to control it. Many golfers are not consistent because they grip the club too tightly. Too much tension reduces club head speed. Imagine how difficult it would be to steer a bike or auto if you gripped the handle bars or steering wheel too tightly. Relax your hands to reduce grip pressure. This will help you develop a better swing

There are 3 types of grips:

1. The Overlap-Interlock-Ten Finger. Most common is this overlap used by 60% of golfers.

2. The Left Hand

When bending at the waist hold the grip end of the club with your right hand. Let your left arm hang down and out in front of you. You left hand should be about 4 to 6 inches from your body, with your fingers pointing directly to the ground.

Place the club on an angle across your left hand so the shaft is pressed against the muscular pad of your palm and lies across the first or second joint of the forefinger. Now close your fingers around the club. The last three fingers of your left hand should now control the club. Put your thumb on the right side of the center of the grip. You should now see two or three knuckles in your left hand.

The correct position of your thumb is important because your left thumb supports the club at the top of the back swing. Do not let your thumb go too far to the right side of center so that it is no longer on the golf club.

3. The Right Hand

When placing the club in your right hand the shaft should be placed along the fingers on the palm of the right hand. Next, lightly close your fingers around the club. The club should be controlled primarily by the two middle fingers. Now your right thumb should be placed just to the left side of the center of the shaft.

Going through just a few simple steps, you have now developed a good fundamental grip. To help make this grip a regular part of your pre-swing fundamentals, practice this routine for the grip 10 to 15 minutes per day for one to two weeks.

Next week, we will work on pre-swing posture.

The weather will eventually cooperate so I advise you to take advantage. Remember practice does not make perfect, it makes PERMANENT. If you need assistance, I am at the Brooklyn Golf Center on Flatbush Avenue across from Aviator. 347-404-3751.

Have a great week.

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