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Get­ting the ba­sics right will help you hit the ball longer and straighter. Many bad shots stem from a poor grip, and a good grip is the ba­sis of a neu­tral and re­peat­able swing. I like to see only two knuck­les on the back of my left hand as I look down and the ‘V’ be­tween the thumb and in­dex fin­ger on my right hand point­ing to my right shoul­der.

A good pos­ture en­ables you to make an ath­letic and con­trolled move­ment. There are many vari­a­tions when it comes to good pos­ture, but I like to get my back fairly straight with my knees flexed just enough to en­gage my quads and my butt stick­ing out com­fort­ably. My arms hang nat­u­rally down to the grip, with the butt of the club about a hand’s width from my thigh.

I al­ways prac­tise with an align­ment stick along my toe-line to en­sure my feet knees, hips, shoul­ders and eyes are par­al­lel to the tar­get line be­cause it makes it so much eas­ier to make a neu­tral swing with a square club­face.

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