Tip of the Week Series – Proper Setup of Golf Swing Part 1

The position we put our hands on the club will determine face angle at impact. Therefore it is very important to put our hands on the correctly. Depending on our intended ball flight we could put our hands on the club in a neutral position, a strong position or a weak position.

The neutral grip will help you hit the ball with a flat left wrist at impact. To achieve this grip the heel pad of the left hand (for right hand players) should sit on top of the grip with the thumb just slightly off center to the right. You should be able to see two knuckles on your left hand when in the address position. The lifeline of the left hand should cover the thumb on the left hand and the thumb and forefinger of the right hand should be touching and not apart.

In the weaker grip, both hands would be moved slightly to the left for a right hand player. This is the grip that most people who hit a fade or slice use.

A strong grip will have both hands moved slightly to the right. This grip is used by most players who draw or hook the ball. Because it is stronger, most players will hit the ball further with this grip.