5-Minute Clinic

Get a han­dle on your game, tee to green

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play -

It’s nat­u­ral to be con­cerned about what’s hap­pen­ing down at the club­head, but your con­nec­tion with the club is at the han­dle. That’s where you con­trol what hap­pens in the swing.A lot of play­ers strug­gle against their in­stincts – or use well-mean­ing but mis­lead­ing ad­vice – to pro­duce power or con­trol.They end up mov­ing the han­dle the wrong way or at the wrong time for the shot they’re try­ing to hit, and they ac­tu­ally swing slower and less ac­cu­rately. I’ll show you how to use the han­dle to in­crease your speed on long shots and your con­sis­tency on short ones. – † ‡ˆ ‰Š ‹Œ ‹ † Ž‹‘ The term “cast” has a neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tion in golf, but it shouldn’t. One of the best ways to train a great hand path is to prac­tise cast­ing a fish­ing pole. When you start to cast, your body moves first and the han­dle moves in a straight line, which helps pre­serve the lag in the tip end Then you have to make a sharp down-and-back curve with your hands to sling the tip for­ward. That’s the same ac­tion you use to trans­fer en­ergy in your golf swing. Michael Ja­cobs Swing­ing your hands down hard at the ball makes the club go slower, not faster. The first move down should be a pull

At im­pact, you’re pulling the han­dle up and to­wards you. That’s what makes the club­head end crack like a whip.

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