Educate Your Hands

Better Iron Play Is Within Your Grasp

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In the following pages, you’ll learn that even though both hands have a different job, it’s critical that they  work together as a unit. In the photo, I’ve already made impact with the ball, yet my hands are both  still working like two cogs in a gear box. What about your hands? Do your hands slip and slide during the swing? Or, do you finish holding the club with one hand? If so, your hands aren’t schooled correctly. Turn the page to get them educated.   
Most of the time when you read golf instruction pertaining to the hands, it has to do with how you grip the club.

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.

If you hook or slice the ball, it’s probably because the wrong hand is trying to control the clubface. Your left hand (for a right- hander) should be responsible for the rotational control of the clubface, meaning if you hook or slice, you’re not letting your left hand do its job. Practicing this drill will help, but you have to commit to get results. 

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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