Yesterday I was at the Olympic Club driving range and just for fun I walked up and down the range observing where everyone was gripping their golf club. No surprise, every single person was holding the club at the very end of the grip. Not even the best players in the world can grip the club all the way back and hit quality shots every time.
I started hitting shots gripping down about three inches below the end of the grip, and I experimented with how far the ball would go versus gripping at the end of the grip. I already knew what would happen, I hit shots more solid gripping down on the grip, the ball went about 10 years further with my 5 iron, and I hit the ball a LOT straighter. I hit about 100 balls testing this theory with all of my clubs, and found especially in my wedges that I made consistent better contact and control.
When I went to my 3 metal, it was astounding how much more control and solid contact I made gripping the club down, especially with my right to left control. Why don’t more teachers and articles discuss this? I think this is a MAJOR break through for me, personally, and it comes a few days before the start of the NCGA Amateur at Spyglass. Now I’ve had success at Spyglass this year with a win in the NCGA Masters, and a 2nd in the NCGA two man championship, but the NCGA Amateur is more of an endurance test, as I will have to walk 36 a day (no cart) for three days in a row. I am hitting the gym hard, doing cardio to help me with this stern test, but honestly, this will be very very tough for the guys over 40 against the college kids.
GO TO THE RANGE, GRIP WAY DOWN ON THE CLUB, AND YOU WILL FEEL MORE IN CONTROL AT ADDRESS AND WITH THE CONTACT YOU WILL MAKE.
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