Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Get ready to hit it big
Labels: Instruction, Faults And Fixes, Iron Play, Equipment, Driving, Swing, Power, Game Improvement, Full Swing, Drills, Exercises, Body, Slicing, Shotmaking
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.
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.
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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