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The Grip
TGriphere are many factors that contribute to a successful golf swing, but arguably the most important is the grip. The way you grip the club can have a significant impact on the outcome of your shot. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the importance of the golf grip and how it can affect your game.

Most golfers are familiar with the basic grip, which is where the hands are placed on the club in such a way that the thumbs point down the shaft towards the clubhead. However, there are many different variations of the grip, and each one can produce different results. The biggest issue I see is the hands are not molded together so then they can’t work together. Usually, the trail hand takes over and tries to hit the ball. Make sure the hands are turned on the club to help your ball flight and have them working together.

For example, a stronger grip (where the hands are turned more towards the trail shoulder) will tend to produce a hook, while a weaker grip (where the hands are turned more towards the lead shoulder) will tend to produce a fade.

The grip you use can also affect the trajectory of your shots. A grip higher on the handle will produce a higher trajectory, while a lower grip will produce a lower trajectory. Mostly the reason is it changes the arc thus a smaller swing.

It's important to experiment with different grips and find the one that works best for you. Ultimately, the grip you use is a personal preference, but it's important to be aware of how it can affect your shots. If you're having trouble with your grip or your shots are not going where you want them to, don't hesitate to seek out the help of a professional. They will be able to help you find the grip that works best for you and make any necessary adjustments to your swing.

4-15-2019_AACWGolfDay2_1581_(2)Brad Smith is a highly experienced golf instructor with 38 years as a PGA member, based in Springboro, Ohio. As the Director of Instruction for the Brad Smith Golf Academy at Heatherwoode Golf Club, he provides expert coaching to golfers of all skill levels. With more than 30 years of experience as a college and high school coach, he has received multiple awards, including two-time SOPGA Teacher & Coach of the Year and four-time GWOC Coach of the Year. To stay up-to-date on his teaching methods, you can follow him on Instagram at BradSmithPGA, or contact him directly at 937-776-0966.
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