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Golf is a game of minimizing your mistakes. It's not about hitting it perfect every time; even the best players in the world are prone to an errant shot every now and then. The secret is in making as few unforced errors as you can, and fix the swing flaws that cause them to happen. The following pages will help you fix a few common swing flaws (that novice and advanced players both make) and get your game back on track to start shooting lower scores. Pay close attention to the swing flaws that look and sound familiar to your game, and heed the advice we have for you. With the right guidance, and a little elbow grease out on the practice tee, you'll see lower scores in no time.


WEAK GRIP/WEAK SHOTS
One of the most common mistakes golfers make resides in the palms of their hands. The more you grip in the palm, the slower the hands will work through the release. This leads to a lot of sliced shots that also don't travel very far. It also creates a lot of consistency problems.
STEADY GRIP/MORE POWER
With a grip more in the fingers, and both Vs formed by the thumbs and index fingers, the hands can move faster through the release, resulting in greater clubhead speed and more power. Notice the difference in thumb positions here. A short thumb is what you want.

GRIP IN THE FINGERS!

GRIP IN THE FINGERS/
HIT IT FARTHER
For a great drill to get the hands more active and to grip more in the fingers, simply flip the club upside down and make a few swings gripping the skinniest part of the clubshaft. As you whip the grip end around, you'll find that a grip more in the fingers is a lot more effective than one with the club more in the palms.


NO SHOULDER TILT/NARROW BACKSWING
Many golfers wrongfully set up over a driver with their head directly above the driver head and the ball. This reduces the needed shoulder tilt away from the target to promote a wide arc and weight shift to the back foot on the backswing.
GOOD TILT/BETTER BACKSWING
With a grip more in the fingers, and both Vs formed by the thumbs and index fingers, the hands can move faster through the release, resulting in greater clubhead speed and more power. Notice the difference in thumb positions here. A short thumb is what you want.



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