The Five Finger "Snap" for Distance When You Need It

Published 26/08/2013 20:16:00

To generate more arm, hand and clubhead speed on the way down, you can make this small change to your grip.

As shown in the photo, our golfer has has moved the club down into the base of the fingers of his left hand, though it's still held diagonally across the hand. In the completed left-hand grip, the "V" formed by the thumb and forefinger now points more to his right shoulder rather than to his chin.

Placing the club more in the fingers promotes a more aggressive cocking of the wrists on the backswing. Our golfer now finds it easier to set the club correctly at the top, his left thumb positioned under the shaft, producing a fuller backswing and greater leverage. This more dynamic position encourages a freer swinging motion of the arms and clubhead, allowing them to catch up to the body more efficiently.

With everything moving in better sync on the downswing, you can retain the angle established by the left forearm and the clubshaft until the last possible moment before he releases the clubhead. He can delay the uncocking of the wrists until his hands are almost in line with the ball. He feels he is now able to utilize the fine, speed-producing muscles in the hands, a feat that isn't so easy when the handle is positioned toward the left palm (small photos).

That delayed uncocking of the wrists is producing the "snap" we want. The payoff should mean more distance when you need it.

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