Tips from the Pro
July 5, 2006
In this article, we are going to talk about controlling the movement of the club with more efficiency. On the golf course, golfers often put a great move on the ball, but lack control over the club head. The general, overall movement of the swing looks good, but if the club is slightly out of position, you might experience an undesired result. Try the following tips to gain more control over the club head.
To begin, look at the angle of the left wrist (for a right-handed player) in the set-up position. The angle of the wrist should remain about the same through the backswing and forward swing. After impact, the angle will change slightly as you move into the finish position. The angle at the top of the swing should look the same as the set up in order to keep the club face square throughout the swing. If the face is square to the target during the swing, the ball has a better chance of starting out toward the target. When the flex in the wrist does change, the club face may rotate to an open or closed position in relation to the target.
Continuing up the arm from the wrist, we will talk about the (right-handed player) left elbow. If the left elbow breaks down (bends too much) during the swing, the angle the club head approaches the ball with will vary. During the back and forward swing, do your best to keep the left arm straight (not locked). If the distance from the breastbone to the top of the club is the same at impact as set up, your chances of more centered contact increase. In the golf world, there are numerous drills to help with centeredness of contact. Talk with your local golf professional for ways to improve your impact position.
Last, but always of critical importance, let’s talk about the grip. The grip will have the greatest influence over how the club head is controlled during the swing. We want the hands to work together, not in different ways. There are three different grips that can be used to hold the club — the 10-finger, interlock or overlap. The deciding factor in choosing a grip lies with finger length, forearm and wrist strength. Talk with your local golf professional to help you in choosing the best grip for your body type.
Ben Sinclair is a PGA member and golf pro at the Park City Golf Club.
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