Golf instruction is based on the need to know doctrine.
It is also based on the goal of the student. Some times getting the ball in the air is good enough. And so when you take a golf lesson and learn to do that, well, you are done. Good!!
Some of you, however, have higher aspirations. Your goals are to play as well as the body the good Lord gave you will allow. This is where the “need to know doctrine" comes into play.
This article is for you. Those who think their game can be better than just getting it in the air.
It is an advanced on line golf lesson that will give you a tremendous boost if you will go to the range and practice with purpose. You will never get to your full potential without this golf lesson.
Remember this . . practice makes perfect, but only if your practice is perfect.
And for you who are not so " into it" you should read this too. It will give you information that you will not hear during a golf swing instruction. But you can tuck away the knowledge and when you are ready, you can adopt it, and put it in your swing. There is nothing wrong with having an advanced lesson, even if you are not ready to use it. You will have it for later. Especially if it's free.
So what follows is based on the need to know doctrine. If you want to play as good as you possible can, you need to know what is contained here.
As always, I will first tell you that there has hardly ever been a good player with a bad grip. So, for crying out loud get a good grip. Start with left hand more on top than on the side of the club. Two knuckles viewed when held in front of you at eye level.
The right hand then should be a bit on the side more or less matching the left hand. The thumb of the left hand goes snugly into the pad of the right hand. The pad is the fat part of you right palm that is the extension of the palm side of your thumb. It's just above where your life line is.
Funny thing about that.
Your grip is not a light wimpy grasp. It is very snug with the right hand onto the left hand. You should be able to feel some tension here.
And just for the heck of it, if you don't think the golf swing is a violent athletic move, take a look at the faces of the Pros on the weekend when they are hitting a full shot.
It is not at all relaxing. And their grips are not light and soft. If they did have a bird in their hands the life expectancy of the bird would be less than a nano second. Sorry!
So, if you have been taught to grip lightly, I am sorry to tell you to forget about it right now.
Need proof? Watch any pro golfer on any weekend on any full swing. See if you can look at their forearms during the swing, best is at setup. You will see the muscles and tendons are very tense, not at all relaxed.
The idea here is to get the grip right because as you progress, your grip will lead you into the magic moves that are required to get to the next level.
The grip is not something that you can afford to take lightly. It is incredible important.
If you do this grip wrong, it is true that you will not be able to do the rest of this swing. One thing depends on another here. You will build your golf swing in increments.
Starting with the grip.
Let us assume that you now have a good grip and you are in an athletic setup position. This is when you are well balanced and you have a reasonable straight back and your butt is slightly in the out position. Your hands hang directly under you shoulders and you chin is slightly up, not laying on your chest.
Your knees are comfortable bent and are directly over the top of your shoes. You are ready to spring in any direction. You are an athlete ready for movement. Ready for action.
You are not just hanging around in a relaxed oh hum manner. This will not work.
So . . now with the club in your hands and a good grip.
Let's push the right hand against the left hand. Just enough to feel pressure, while at the same time using the middle finger and the ring finger of the right hand to pull against the grip of the club.
This is a push / pull action. And it is slight but noticeable. Slight but noticeable. It is not something that an untrained eye would even see or suspect you are doing.
That is part of the reason you won't get this information from too many instructors. It is not because they are holding back on you. It's because it is not an obvious move and it won't show up on any video.
It's a feeling. But absolutely required to help create and maintain the power angles.
And one last feeling, still with the right hand. You should feel some pushing pressure with the right index finger, as if it were a trigger finger on the shafts grip. This is located ( the pressure) on the inside of the index finger just below the interphalangeal joint, or the joint that is in the middle of your finger.
This pressure is also important because it will help you feel the creation of the power angles. And it will help you maintain the angles.
Once you feel this pressure, your job is to remember how it feels and how you created it. This little tidbit of information will also be your key to the knowledge of whether you maintained your power angles or not.
It is the tattler.
It will give you up and let you know that you failed to maintain angles through out the swing. If you lose the feeling you lost the angles.
Now get a club and do this. Do this before you read any more. This is way advanced for most people. It is stuff that you will never hear about on the lesson tee. Or at the range.
But when and if you do this and get it right, you will not believe how much of a difference it makes.
So please, re-read the above, grab a club and try like the dickens to create the feelings. I know it is hard to understand these words and then turn them into feelings, but try.
I also understand and hope you do to, that this is only part of what is going to become a whole concept.
We are building a swing based on solid and time tested techniques. But not necessarily well known.
Ok, here is the key to this grip. Once you have your hands properly on the club, you now will begin to build these feelings described above. And for clarity sake, once again described below.
Start by pushing the right hand bent.
This is pushing against the left hand and allowing the right hand to bend back toward the outside of your right forearm ever so slightly. By the way this is one of the angles and it will increase as you make your moveaway motion into the backswing.
So , for now make sure you push against the left thumb with the inside of your right hand and allow the right hand to bend back. This is not a big move. Slightly is the key word.
At the same time as this is happening, pull slightly with the middle finger and ring finger of your right hand against the grip. This little move will help with the pushing action against the left thumb and it serves to " key in " the grip. Make sure you lock into this feeling.
Last but not least, make sure you feel some pressure against the index finger of the right hand.
Finally you have it. Push right wrist bent, pull with the middle and ringer finger of your right hand and feel a tad of pressure against the index finger of your right hand.
This is not three feelings. It is one feeling with three components.
All done without a single move on your part. Just a little pushing and pulling. Not one single athletic move has occurred. Not one. So anyone, and I mean anyone should be able to do this with not one problem.
Now the fun begins.
You will begin your backswing by turning the middle of your chest to the right, you will take your hands and arms and hence the club with the chest. The chest conducts this movement, not the hands. The hands are like stone in this move.
Turn them into wood if that idea helps. You must turn the chest that will bring the arms and hands along for the ride. This is the hardest part for most people.
It is a very connected move.
The important part is that the hands are dead. The reason for this is that all that pushing and pulling you did with the grip must stay in tack through out the swing. Keep the feeling the whole time, all the way to impact.
So you must not manipulate your hands in any way. Just turn with your chest and bring your arms and hands with it.
Backing up a little. Note the angle that is created as a result of the right wrist being pushed bent. This angle is between the back of the right wrist and the back of your forearm.
Also note the angle between you right forearm and the shaft of the club.
These are the two angles that are your power angles. You have created them by using the proper grip described several times already.
Your objective is to maintain these angles all the way to and through impact.
So turn to as full a backswing as your body allows, do not try to get more than this move lets you have. Frankly shorter is better with this move.
The right hand will have a slightly " trayed " position at the top of your backswing. Make sure that you left hand is not " cupped" back towards the left forearm.
The back of the left hand should be flat at the top. Or in line with it's forearm. No cupped left hand.
There is a very good reason for this. As you do not need to do anything with you hands through out this swing if you have gripped correctly, a cupped left hand will lead to an open clubface and a poor shot.
Or worse it will cause you to intellectually know that something is amiss and you will drift into the land of correction and manipulation, that will kill this swing concept.
You must maintain the angles you created at set up through the entire swing.
Practice this with short chip shots, over and over and over. Get the feelings down pat.
You may be wondering about the release of the clubhead at impact. Good question. The fact is your body will release it for you. You grip has already set it up to happen. That is why the grip and it's associated pushing, pulling and pressure points are so important.
If you just turn your shoulder in the backswing and then turn then into the downswing you will see what I mean. Dead hands. A squared clubface and a solid hit.
Maintain the angles using a little chip shot until you are sure you have established that you know how to create the angles, can feel the needed grip parts and pieces and can turn the whole thing back and forth without manipulating the hands in any way.
The fun part about this swing is that if you want to hit it further, you just turn your shoulders a little faster.
What is even more fun, is that once you learn how to keep the angles, this is the most automated swing you have ever seen and you will hit it as if by magic.
Caution, this move takes practice and patience. It is exactly the swing that many PGA players use. It is simple and repeatable. There is no reason in the world why you can't do it.
Angles = leverage
Leverage = Power
Power = Distance
No angles no leverage
no leverage no power
no power no distance
All good players do two things exactly the same. They have good grips and great angles.
And they keep them both throughout their entire golf swing.
Now you know what they know.
My name is Paul Macleod. . I love angles and my golf swing has two. How many does yours have?
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