TOM WAT­SON

Sim­ple steps for get­ting your hands on right

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents -

How to im­prove your grip.

Isee a lot of am­a­teurs hold­ing the club too tightly. I no­tice it most when they try to wag­gle.The move­ment looks sti and short. To swing cor­rectly, the right amount of grip pres­sure – and where you ap­ply it – is im­por­tant.

You should feel the club be­ing sup­ported by the last three ngers of your left hand (above, left). Those ngers should grip the rmest. My long­time teacher, the late Stan Thirsk, used to re­mind me to keep the club in the ngers of my left hand and never let it slip into the palm.

In the right hand, the mid­dle two ngers do most of the work.The fore nger and thumb of the right hand should feel re­laxed. In fact, I’ve seen many great play­ers, in­clud­ing Ben Ho­gan and Fred Cou­ples, prac­tice with those two ngers clear o the club (above, right).

Back to wag­gling. With softer grip pres- sure, your wag­gle will be looser and will help re­lax your hands and arms. Dur­ing the swing, the right hand should be free enough to re the club­head through the hit­ting area. –

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