Tips And Techniques For Golf Players: Play Like A Pro! Grip

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Introduction

Golf is one of the oldest sports known to man. While its origins remain a matter of debate, the accepted history credits the sport’s birth to the Scottish. It is said this stately game of kings began in the 12th century when shepherds passed the time by trying to knock stones into holes on the grounds where St. Andrews now sits.

From its ancient beginnings, golf has grown into an international sport, loved the world over. With thousands of courses now available, each offering their own distinct levels of challenge, this is a sport that demands not only physical ability, but also mental acumen.

Although primarily known as a sport of the privileged, golf has had its elusive quality brushed aside thanks to the creation of public courses found throughout the United States and elsewhere. From exclusive, high-end country clubs with Professional Golf Association tournament courses to public play areas with open entry, this is now a sport that cuts across socioeconomic lines.

Demanding on the body and the mind both, golf is a sport that is best improved upon through practice. It takes time, effort and dedication to develop skills that might rival a pro. But, by following these tips for nutrition, fitness, stretching and concentration, you just might find yourself besting your competition by playing like a true pro!

Grip

How you hold your club can have as much impact on your play as how well conditioned you are. If you don’t have a basic hold down correctly, you won’t have the power and guidance necessary to play like a pro.

To enjoy good grip, try using these technique suggestions:

  • Take your left hand and point your fingers toward the ground. Make sure the club grip is in line with your little finger and the middle joint of your forefinger. Close this hand around the club. Be certain the heel of your left hand is on top of the grip. Don’t allow gaps between the grip and your little finger.
  • To properly place your right hand on the club, make sure you hold the actual grip in your fingers. This will allow for a full hinging of the wrists in your backswing without sacrificing control.
  • Test your grip by seeing if you can use your wrists to create a 90-degree angle when the club is pulled upward. If you lack this mobility, your grip is off.
  • Adjust your grip for putting. Remember, putting isn’t about power as much as it is accuracy. Don’t use exactly the same grip on the club when you’re putting as when you’re trying for a long drive. To adjust, angle your wrists downward and move the grip away from your fingers and into the lifeline of your left hand (or right if you happen to be a leftie). You want to take the grip away from your fingers to reduce the power of your swing and increase smoothness.

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