Today's question from Paul Myers of Franklin, Indiana is a really good one because it foucses on a key difference between the Peak Performance Golf Swing and almost every other golf swing theory out there.
It has to do with how we initially place the club into our forward hand.
"Should the club be set up square to your hands at setup or should the hands be setup forward of the clubhead at setup? One instructor teaches that the clubs were designed with a natural forward angle. What is your slant on this idea? In all your instructions, you have not mentioned the subject to my knowledge. This would de-loft the club slightly if you return to the same hands forward position at impact. I have heard both square to square and hands forward. Which is correct?"
As I point out in the video, most other golf swing theories have you grasp the club with your forward hand when the club is held at about waist level and the butt of the club is pointing at your belt buckle. You are then instructed to place the thumb of your forward hand directly on top of the shaft. If you then return your hands to a point directly under the area from your chin to your nose, as we do, you create a large cup at the wrist of your forward arm.
There are many reasons we don't want to do this, but perhaps the most important one is that by doing so the forearm muscles in your forward arm come out of Dynamic Balance. Also, by creating a cupped wrist at setup, you will need to introduce a wrist cock during your backswing which is clearly something we do not want to do. For more on this, search the daily video library for No Wrist Action Is Good Wrist Action.
So to be perfectly clear here, Paul, here is the correct way to get the proper grip on your club:
- Stand in front of the ball, approximately the correct distance from it.
- Holding the club at waist level in your rear hand, aim it parallell to the ground, in line with the ball, and with the butt pointing to your belt buckle.
- Now point the butt of the club toward your forward hip and grasp the club with your forward hand, placing your thumb at the one o'clock position, keeping it pointed up your forward arm.
- Place your rear hand on the club, making sure it is parallel to the forward hand.
After that is accomplished, continue with the rest of your set up routine, making sure the thumb of your rear hand lines up with an area from your chin to your nose. You'll find that doing this will set the club with the proper shaft angle and set the stage for a terrific swing.
Keep it vertical!
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