Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Slice No More!
Destroy the banana ball in 4 easy steps
If youre a lever-type swinger, your grip will be more conventional or even a bit weak. Be aware that if youre a lever swinger, a grip thats strong will produce a closed clubface at impact. To make sure you have a grip that works with your swing type, concentrate on developing a setup position thats correct. Also, use your impact position to check your grip—when your wrists unhinge at impact, the clubface should be square.
Rotary Swinger Setup
The left wrist should be slightly cupped, with both hands creating a stronger than average grip.
Rotary Swinger impact
The shoulders and hips should be open with the left wrist flat, the left arm against the left part of the chest, the right elbow bent, and the shaft and left arm forming a straight line. Also, the spine and golf club should form a right angle to ensure the proper plane.
A lot of golf instructors stress the importance of developing a relatively neutral grip, but in reality, a neutral grip isnt the best thing for all types of swings. In fact, a neutral grip with a rotary-type swing will produce a lot of shots that are left out to the right of the target. If youre a rotary swinger, be certain that you can see at least three knuckles on your left hand, and that your right hand is rotated slightly under the grip.
For players who power their swing through lever action, a strong grip will produce a closed clubface angle at impact and shots that hook to the left of the target. Instead, concentrate on developing a neutral grip in which no more than two knuckles on the left hand are visible at address. Place the right hand on top of the shaft so that the right wrist is flat—this should produce a square clubface at impact.
Lever Swinger Setup
You should have a more traditional setup and a more neutral grip to match a shoulder position thats square at impact.
Lever Swinger Impact
The shoulders should be square, the hips open and the right wrist bent, with the left shoulder working slightly upward. The right arm should be straightening through the ball while the shaft and left arm form a straight line. The true key to getting solid results from the lever-type swing is to be as neutral as possible through impact, especially with the hands and clubface. If youre a lever-type swinger, make sure you invest ample time to get your address position and grip correct.
Step 4: Find The Slot
Many Tour pros dont have the perfect backswing, yet they all slot the club in the transition in a way that gets the club on the correct path before they start accelerating down toward impact. In order to beat your slice, its critical that you get the club properly slotted the way the pros do, and its equally important to match your transition to your swing type. Here are the key components for rotary and lever swing types, both at the top of the backswing and in the transition.
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