What A Difference A "Grip" Makes


Posted by Dexter Francois | Posted in , , , , | Posted on Monday, January 3, 2011

In my last post I talked about changing my grip. It has helped my ball striking tremendously. I just got back in from practicing and I have to say that I am very pleased. The way one holds the golf club really makes a huge difference. Those Golf Magazine guys might be on to something.

As expected, it took some getting used to when I first got out there, but after a while I started to see improvement. I hit 7-iron today and used my other club as an alignment aide to have one less thing to think about.

My shots were a lot more solid and online with the intended target. As I got more and more comfortable with the new grip, I began to hit a soft little draw. This means I am swinging more from the inside. What a beautiful sight.

When I switched over to my 52 degree gap wedge, I struggled a little bit. I hit a lot of shot right of my target at first. Then I remembered how Larry had me trying to pull hook the ball on purpose. Once I started turning my right arm over my left during the follow through, my shots improved.

The grip is truly the foundation of the golf swing. It all starts from there. My old grip forced me to take the club to the inside on my back swing, causing my infamous loop, which was an attempt to get back on the proper swing plane. The proper grip allows me to swing freely along the proper swing plane throughout the entire process. No adjustments are needed.

Another little adjustment that makes a huge difference. Golf truly is a game of inches and subtleties. Have a great round and always hit your target.

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