Checking the Grip with the Clubhead

Checking the Grip with the Clubhead

You may not realize it, but the simple step of aligning your hands with your club face will do wonders towards ensuring that each shot goes, where you intend.

Some famous pro once said "I never play a shot without first glancing at my hands. What I check before address is the alignment of the grip with the face of the club. They go together."

Give this tip a try and I will guarantee that it will shave 3-4 strokes off your score.

Read more about this great tip in the continuation of this post.

Most golfers know of this relationship between the hands and the club face–at least, they know it theoretically–but the ordinary golfer rarely puts it into practice. Very often, while he is fiddling with his grip, he inadvertently rotates the shaft and twists the club face out of alignment.

Most pros, on the other hand, knowing that the grip is correct only when it is correctly aligned with the club face, take pains to check this fundamental of good golf. If you have ever some pros, you have no doubt seen him affix his grip, raising the club until their hands are only a foot or so in front of their eyes. Then they sight down the shaft and check both his hands and the club head as one unit.

Gripping a club, you see, is like aiming a rifle. If your hands are improperly aligned with the club head, you will hit only a few isolated accurate shots. I never trust my grip entirely to feel. It can go off too easily, and after a couple of days the incorrect grip will feel fine and natural. Once you start your swing, you must trust entirely to feel, for your eye is fixed on the ball. However, before you start to play your shot, you have the chance to check the relation of the grip and the club head visually. The results are well worth the effort.

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