Train your lead hand first – and most
We love this quote from Bobby Jones: “The hands form the connecting link by which the forces brought to life in the player’s body are transmitted to the clubhead.” Or, as we say it, the hands take hold of, to take control of, the club. And the left hand is the leader.
Start with the grip in the fingers and palm of the left hand, with the left thumb on top of the grip (left). As you swing, allow the clubface to rotate open going back, the toe of the club turning upward. Through impact, think of the knuckles of the left hand turning down to the ground
(below, right). That’s the feeling of delofting and squaring the face. Take another look at that photo on the first page: Richard is doing it beautifully there. Remember, the lead hand is the director, and all other motion flows from what that hand is doing. bob toski, 90, has been one of golf’s leading instructors since the 1960s.
gary battersby, his teaching partner, has studied neuroscience in golf for 20-plus years. Here, they’re holding a homunculus (“little man”), a model that represents how the brain views the sensitivity in the hands compared to the rest of the body.