42 Swing thought

STRONG GRIP: DE­VELOP A ‘HOLD­ING-OFF’ RE­LEASE

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Match your re­lease to your grip.

Alook at the world of tour pro golf shows us it is quite pos­si­ble to play great golf with a va­ri­ety of grip hand po­si­tions. Zach John­son would be a great ex­am­ple of a strong-grip player – lead hand more on top of the han­dle, trail hand more un­der­neath – while Jon Rahm’s hold is rel­a­tively weak, with the palms more to the sides of the han­dle. The key for th­ese two play­ers – and for you – is that they match their re­lease of the golf club to their hold. Let’s see why this is im­por­tant… and how you can make sure you are do­ing the same thing.

1 DIG­I­TAL WATCH

In a strong grip, the Vs formed by thumbs and fore­fin­gers point to­wards the trail shoul­der and three or more knuck­les are typ­i­cally vis­i­ble on the gloved hand as you look down.

2 COM­ING ON STRONG

If this is your pre­ferred hold, you need to be aware that it’s a grip that puts the club­face into a strong or closed po­si­tion. Here in the de­liv­ery po­si­tion, the club­face is al­ready look­ing down at the ball. If the hands and fore­arms were to over-ro­tate from here, the face would look left at im­pact and you’d hit some big hooks.

3 BODY SLAM

Your re­lease pat­tern, then, needs to be one that lim­its fore­arm ro­ta­tion. The best way to do this is by hit­ting not with your hands and arms, but with your body. Ro­tate hard with your lead hip and shoul­der and your hands and arms be­come more pas­sive. That’s why strong-grip play­ers of­ten look quite face-on to the tar­get at im­pact.

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