How Hands Control Your Golf Swing

By Laird Small

Each Hand Has a Role in Your Golf Swing

In the golf swing these hands have a very specific roll, each one. For a right handed player the left hand controls the clubface, whether it is open or closed. The right hand controls the clubhead, that means the amount of forward lean that the club has when you hit your golf ball. What you have to do is train each hand independently so that it can have its proper roll.

Improve Your Hand Placement with This Golf Drill

Here is a wonderful drill that you can do. You take two hands and now you are going to just swing and see if you can keep them together through the whole swing, versus having something like this happen where one hand overtakes the other. Remember, the left hand controls the clubface, the open and closed part of it. So if you are going to hit a fade the left hand is going to feel like it is going to lead a little bit more and if you are going to hit a bit of a hook the left hand is going to drag a little bit more. The right hand controls the clubhead, so if you want to hit the ball a little lower you know you are going to have the right hand leaning a little bit more forward to hit it lower. If you want to hit it higher it is going to be back over here.

Knowing How Your Hands Work Will Improve Your Golf Game

The role of the hands in the swing are critical to you improving in this game and playing this game at a high level. Let's hit a shot, we have the ocean on the left so I know I want to make sure that I lead with the left hand just a little bit. The ball is in play. Have fun with this.


Category: Hands

About the Instructor

Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650