Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Educate Your Hands
Better Iron Play Is Within Your Grasp
Strong, weak, Vardon or overlap, how you grip the club is undoubtedly a critical component of the golf swing.
However, the hands need to do a lot more than simply hold the club during the golf swing.
One hand, in particular, is responsible for controlling the clubface. The other manipulates shaft angle and the release over the ball. Curious to see how it works? Read on and you’ll see, once and for all, how the hands are supposed to function in the golf swing.
Control The Clubface
The left hand (the right for southpaws), is responsible for the rotational movement of the golf club, which, in turn, controls the direction of the clubface. To really get a feel for this, grab a club with your left hand and practice rotating your hand so the clubface opens and closes. Why the left hand? Simply put, the left hand rotates more naturally from closed to open than it does from open to closed (which is what the right hand has to do). Putting the left hand in charge of this motion makes it easier and also takes a lot of stress off the right hand in the process. When it comes to actually playing golf, if you have trouble with slicing or hooking the ball, don’t try to muscle your swing with your right hand. Instead, remember the left is in charge of clubface rotation.
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