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Thursday, December 19, 2013

I Thought I Was the Only One Using This Trick!

As I've gotten older I've made slight adjustments to my swing. Most of them are things I pass on to other players who are having similar problems. But there's one trick I've used for a fairly long time that I never passed on -- primarily because I thought it was something quirky about my swing. (Most players have something like that, a trick that works for them but wouldn't work for most other players.)

And then I found this new article about fixing a slice by Sean Foley on the Golf Digest site. My gosh, it's not a quirk after all! So let me share it with you now.

Generally speaking, players are taught one of two ways to grip the club. Either they use a neutral grip (both thumbs are on top of the club handle) or a slightly strong grip (both thumbs are turned slightly to the trailing side of the club handle). In each case, one hand mirrors the other -- that is, if the club handle wasn't in the way, both palms would be parallel with each other. And most teaching methods reinforce that idea.

But that's not the case with my grip. My lead hand is turned slightly strong but my trailing hand is in a neutral position. In other words, my hands aren't parallel -- they form a 45 degree angle. Here, take a look at the photo accompanying Foley's article. See how the thumb of his lead hand is turned to the side of the club's handle (1) but his trailing thumb is more on top (2)?

Palms are not parallel on club handle

I was taught to play with a neutral grip, but as I got older I had more trouble squaring the face at impact. But when I strengthened my grip a little, I had the same problem -- my trailing hand just turned underneath and opened the face even more. And if I really strengthened my grip, I'd flip the club at impact.

Somewhere along the line I realized that it felt natural for my trailing hand to come into the impact position in a neutral position -- probably from learning to use tennis rackets and ping pong paddles. Likewise, it felt natural for my lead hand to come in slightly strong -- again, probably from years of playing with a Frisbee™. So one day I just put the two together and it worked, so I stayed with it.

The nice thing is that it seems to make hand positions automatic. If I put my trailing hand on in its neutral position, the thumb on my lead hand fits right under the heel of my trailing hand.

So after all these years it appears that my quirky grip isn't so quirky after all. Thank you, Sean Foley.

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