The Basics Part 2: Get a Grip!
By Erika Larkin on 2/20/13
Before you get into the 'meat and potatoes' of your 2013 season, Erika wants you to check your fundamentals. So over the next several weeks, she's going to run a five-part series about the fundamentals. If you missed part 1, click here. Enjoy!
The only connection we have with the golf club for all golf shots is our hands, so as we take a careful look at our basics we can't ignore the importance of how our grip influences our shots for better or worse. If you're inconsistent with your ball striking or if you hit lots of wild hooks or cuts, it's time to reevaluate your hand position. I will say this — lots of different positions and styles work for different people. If you're a new golfer I would teach you a traditional, neutral grip. However, it's hard to know with more experienced players what came first, the chicken or the egg? Did they have an unorthodox grip and learn how to manage it with their swing, or did they have an unorthodox swing and made a grip change to help them gain control as a means to an end? Either way, here are the main factors to consider about the grip (I'm going to write below with a right-handed perspective for full swing shots):
Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virigina. She was named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine... and she's oobgolf's newest columnist. She will be writing on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, email her at ErikaLarkin@pga.com. Enjoy!
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