Grip it and rip it!
Having the ability to “grip it and rip it” is what the golf swing is all about, right? So on top of being physically, mentally, nutritionally, spiritually, and equipmentally(I think I just made this word up…so get over it) prepared you of course will also need to be technically prepared in order to do so.. That’s right, you’ll need a technique that doesn’t break down and delivers the consistency that you desire to shoot low. YES in order to have this technique, it would be a HUGE advantage to be physically, mentally, nutritionally, spiritually, and equipmentally prepared, but there are certain adjustments technically that can be made here and now that can help you too. One of these adjustments that will have the biggest impact on your technique is the grip. The grip is the placement of the hands on the golfclub, which like everything is individual to you and your golf swing! How you place your hands on the golfclub can affect where your clubface is aiming and which direction you are swinging the club at impact. So it will play a huge roll on the direction of your shot and how consistently the contact with your shot is.
For example, if you turn your hands to one direction on the grip it may promote either a open or a closed clubface at impact, which ultimately should change the clubs direction at impact as the golfer trys to prevent the ball going off direction by altering the clubpath through impact. OR if the clubs grip is placed far up in the palm of the hands it may promote a rather active rotation of the arms, hands and clubface, also forcing the arms and club to reach after the ball, which may alter the golfers balance throughout the golfswing. If the clubs grip is held in the fingers there may be less clubface rotation which may or may not give you more consistant shot direction.
One of the most important things in the golfswing is without a doubt the posture and alignment of the body at set-up. If you are have poor posture and alignment at set-up then you are literally setting up for a disaster. Having poor posture limits what your body can do in your golfswing and having poor alignment just confuses your body as to which direction it should swing in. Having poor posture and alignment pretty much forces you to make huge compensations in your swing which in turn pretty much guaratee’s poor timing and lack of shot consistency.
AND YES! - The grip and placement of the hands WILL also affect your posture and alignment. Turning your hands in one direction will affect your clubface and path at impact but it will also change your bodies tilt either to or away from the target. The turning of the hands on the grip will also alter the alignment of your upper body as opposed to your lower body in direction to where you’d like to hit the ball and often also will affect the posture of your backs forward bend toward the ball at set-up.
All these things plus a whole lot more such as tension of the arms/shoulders and not to mention the amount of grip pressure applied or the pressure points will affect your golfswing dramatically.
Lady’s and Germs, it may be the club that hits the golfball, but it is you body that swings the club, and your mind that swings your body…..but your hands can help attribute to all of the above, so next time you’re ready to “Grip it and rip it” be sure about it, and if your not happy with the results of your shots go to see a PGA swing coach that can literally “give you a hand” ….i’m sorry about that one, i know it was bad, I’m paralized with shame!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks free tip and found it informative. Thank you so much for reading it, and as usual feel free to leave comments or requests.
By for now.
Coach Adam Stevenson
PGA Professional & TPI Golffitness Coach
Author of Golfers Handbook - Save your golf game and your life!