Different Styles of Gripping the Club
I am sure that you are aware that there are lots of ways to grip a club. There is not only the positioning of the hands but there is the 10 finger grip, a Varden grip, a reverse overlap grip. There are a lot of ways to do it. Regardless of how you grip the club I am going to share with you three key pressure points that will lead you to a more consistent and solid impact position.
Three Pressure Points in Your Grip
We are going to bring it in here and come into a close-up and here is your left hand grip.
Pressure Point #1: Base of the Thumb on Left Hand
The base of the left thumb, where the lifeline of the right hand comes in and connects down with these two middle fingers, feeling that pressure so that there is a connection there.
Now watch what happens. A lot of people will swing up and lose that connection and separate right in here between the right hand and the club. When that happens the first move down they snap back on to it and they lose a lot of their clubhead load or their clubhead lag.
What I would like to see you do now is this pressure point you can hinge of that position, keep it connected up to the top, and certainly keep that pressure point as you are driving down through impact. So pressure point number one, at the base of the left thumb. Where the right hand connects in.
Pressure point #2: Last Three Fingers on Left Hand
The last three fingers on the left hand. This is the one people do pretty well. Because that is going to get the pad of the left hand right here on top of the grip and give you a good solid connection in your left hand. So pressure point number two is the left hand on top of the club with the three fingers of the left hand.
We have two pressure points and now I am going to talk about the pressure point nobody ever talks about, old number three and it is probably the most important.
Pressure Point #3: Pad of the Index Finger on Right Hand
It is this pad right here on the first digit of your index finger of the right hand. That is where the shaft actually lags on that pressure point. It is not a pushing pressure point. Ironically most people will get to the top and they will make their move down and right about hip level centrifugal force is going to pull that head. What you end up doing is you start to push off of that first finger and as soon as you do that you are going to hit thin shots, hit behind it, a lot of bad things are going to happen.
Instead, do this with pressure point number three. When you are at hip level on the downswing feel the shaft against that finger. I can feel it against that finger, in fact the shaft feels slow and heavy as I apply that club down into the ball. See how it is still against that finger all the way down through impact. If your club feels light and fast you have lost all that lag pressure point in number three.
So three pressure points in the grip, they are all really important. Number one, base of that thumb, where the right hand connects. Number two, three fingers of the left hand. And the all-important pressure point number three, that lag pressure point that you draw a line straight down to that low point in front of the ball. Work on those pressure points of your grip, it will really help you.