One Golf Grip At A Time - CircularCountry

Then after having two strikes against them, they then finish the job of making it almost impossible to hit a good golf shot by improperly lining up to their intended target.

Of course, after hitting several (possibly several hundred) balls with only a minute few being what they think is acceptable the tired frustrated golfer asks what am I doing wrong with my swingFor the purposes of this article I want to discuss the very first part of the proper golf swing the golf grip In fact, lets be even more precise here; the left hand grip on the golf club.

Oh sure theres much more than just the grip including the aforementioned posture and alignment But theres only so much typing I can do at one time so lets stay with the grip for this communication.

The position of your club face is greatly influenced by your grip And this is especially true as your club face enters the impact zone and contacts the ball.

Certainly there is an abundance of golf swing peccadillos that can occur that can cause those woeful golf shots. You know the ones Im talking about: the banana ball, the smothered hook, skied, skulled, and chili dipped. Ok, Ill stop If youll stop trying to correct your golf swing by in incessantly hitting ball after ball trying to make every physical adjustment known to man (and some that arent) within your golf swing itself and begin by using a fundamentally sound grip.So youre going to continue on with me great! Lets talk about the left hand (right handed golfers) first and foremost. The left had should come in contact with the grip of the club in such a manner that the grip cuts a diagonal across the palm of the left hand from the crook in the index finger down and across to the bottom right pad of the left hand.When you close your left hand, your club should be held in the first to fingers and your palm. The key that you look for out of your left had grip is quite simple. As you address your ball and look down, you should only see two knuckles of your left hand. As an instructor standing directly across from you, I too should only see the same. If I dont see EXACTLY two knuckles of your left hand then we take a step back and re-grip until we get it right. And dont try to cheat and re-grip club just as you begin to take the golf club away and into your back swing. FOUL I say. And I will stop you.Ok. I certainly havent given you that much to remember here. But seriously golfers, resign yourself to go through a quick, short checklist before you begin the journey we call the golf swing. Start with your grip. Get used to it.