Power Fundamentals

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GRIP


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To find the right grip, set the club’s handle at the point where your little finger meets your palm. Then set the handle across your fingers. Feel pressure in your middle right two fingers and your last three left fingers.

To determine if your grip rests at the correct angle in your fingers, place the club in your left hand, stand tall and rotate your palms out to your “power angle” position. If it’s correct, the club shaft should be parallel to the ground.


POWER ANGLE


Notice my forearm angle when I rotate my palms forward? If you take the angle of my forearm and draw a line 90 degrees to the ground, that’s what I call my “power angle.” Everybody has his own power angle. In fact, research confirms that this angle shows up in 15 different places at address and repeats throughout the swing. Let’s look at this angle as it relates to your grip and posture.

GRIP SIZE


Over the years, the only change to grips is in their materials, from leather to rubber. “Off the shelf” grip size however remains the same. The only problem is that those grips fit only 3-5% of the population.

Why is this significant? Well, if you place anything in your hands—a golf grip, a hammer, a steering wheel—your core muscles naturally adjust and respond to that object. Consider that when you hold a grip that’s too small for your hands, your core tightens on your nondominant-hand side, and your hips open. If your grip is too big, your core tightens on your dominant side, and your hips rotate right, closing your stance. (Most players slice the ball because their grips are too small, thus causing their hips to open.) Both of these positions lead to a power loss and high risk for a repetitive-motion back injury.

How do you know if your grips fit you? It’s simple. Place a club on the ground so it’s about five to six inches away from you and parallel to your stance line. Then address the ball with your driver. Stay in your posture and move your driver aside. If your right knee is closer to the shaft, your hips have rotated left; if your left knee is closer to the shaft, your hips have rotated to the right. Either way, your grip doesn’t fit you.

Now, because your hand size varies, check again, this time holding the club in your left hand and then in your right hand.

To have great core balance and big power, you must have grips that fit both your left and right hands. Why? An incorrect grip size creates imbalanced core muscles that lead to left- or right-hip rotation. Having an out-of-balance core limits your rotation on your body side that has the most tension.

When your grip size fits both your hands, your core muscles will be balanced, allowing maximum rotation and the greatest power. For more information visit gripsize.com.


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