How to Grip the Golf Club with Your Right Hand
We have talked about left hand grip so far. Let's talk about your right hand grip today.
I have said that the left hand grip helps the clubface rotate square through impact. So to hit it straight, you need to have correct left hand grip for you.
Right hand also affects the clubface angle at impact to some degree. It also provides power to your golf swing.
Checking Your Right Hand Grip
One of the most important checklists for your grip is to make sure your palms are facing each other.
In another words, your both hand should be parallel to each other.
Some golfers have strong left hand grip but have weak right hand position. As a result, he hits a weak slice to the right.
In this case, he needs to match his right hand to his left so that they are parallel to each other.
Also, check the V formed by your right thumb and the index finger. It should point somewhere between your right ear and right shoulder.
Wrong Right Hand Grip
Some slicers try to rotate their right hand to the left in an effort to prevent slices. But this will make things even worse.
Some golfers have weak right hand position because their left hand grip is weak.
So make sure you have a correct left hand grip first. Then, try to match your right hand to the left.
Right Hand Law
Let me give you an extreme example.
If the palm of your right hand is facing toward the ground at address (very weak right hand position), the clubface will open at impact.
If the palm of your right hand is facing more toward the sky (very strong position), the clubface will close through impact.
So use this rule to control your ball flight. You will be satisfied with the result.
How Long Drive Champion Grips the Club
Sean Fister is known as one of the longest hitters in Long Drive competition. He could consistently hit the ball over 350 yards.
But you might be surprised to hear that he spent lots of hours trying to learn the basics of golf such as grip, posture, ball positions, alignment and so on.
He talked about how he takes his grip in his book "The Long Drive Bible."
Here are 5 keys to taking his grip.
1. Left hand grip is in neutral to slightly strong position
2. Right hand grip is slightly stronger than his left
3. Left thumb sits slightly to the right side of the top of the grip
4. The V formed by left thumb and forefinger should point toward the right collarbone
5. The V formed by right thumb and forefinger should point just outside your right collarbone
Notice that his right hand grip is in little stronger position than his left.
There are pros who take stronger right hand grip when they need to hit a longer drive than usual.
Personally, I don't change my grip unless I'm hitting special type of shots. But the strong right hand grip should help you prevent the clubface from opening at impact when you need to hit it long.
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