Whether you have a weak grip, a neutral grip, or a strong grip cannot be determined by reading a book. The choice is based on you musculature and body confirmation, and is individual to you. The exercise shown in this video lets you find out exactly where your hands should lie on the handle.
Eight years ago, I published Better Recreational Golf. Several pages are devoted to a short game shot I call the Hard Chip. This shot is played just like your greenside chipping stroke, the essential feature being no wrist break, but with a much bigger swing. Though I didn’t know it at the time, the Hard Chip functions as a basic pitching stroke.
The pitch is a difficult shot to play, and is one reason why so few recreational golfers I play with pitch the ball very well.
But I found out this wristless stroke is a pitching stroke that can hardly go wrong. All you have to do is take the club back and slide the sole underneath the ball going forward. Because you’re not getting wristy, this is easy to do. The ball pops up and makes a beautiful arc toward the green.
You can hit a Hard Chip with any club from your 7-iron through your lob wedge. Mine goes 105 yards with a 7-iron, 40 yards with a lob wedge.
This video shows how to hit the Hard Chip.
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If you try the shot, it might feel like the club is sticking straight out to the side, though in reality it does arc upward a bit. The key is that your wrists are loose enough that they could break, but you just don’t let them. Locking your wrists doesn’t work out well.
I recommend you take each club in your bag from 7-iron through lob wedge, or whatever you have, and calibrate them. Find out just how far each one goes with a Hard Chip stroke of identical length.
This will revolutionize your pitching game. I promise that you will start getting up and down from distances you didn’t think were possible.
It’s been few weeks since I posted. Not to worry.
I have a new video on YouTube, which you can see here, an alternate way of looking at the hands leading the clubhead.
I hope it helps.
The key to playing good recreational golf is to hit the ball straight. Distance is fine, but hole in, hole out, straight is the goal. Hit into the fairway, and onto the green, and you can shoot lots of good scores.
Hitting straight is not easy. It takes dedicated practice to become a straight hitter. I want to give you four points to work on that will take you a long way in that direction. If you put these points into your swing, I guarantee good things will happen.
My newest YouTube video is now posted. It is titled, “Unfreezing Your Golf Swing.” It concerns the habit of stepping up to the ball and waiting far too long to take the club back.
Learn also about the sequence of using the conscious mind and the subconscious mind when hitting a shot, which applies to everyone.
You, however, don’t have to go to YouTube. You can watch it right here.
I use these two drills to keep my sense of touch in approach putting in good shape. They’re easy to do and have an incredible payoff on the course.
When you have to fly the ball onto the green from close range, but don’t have much green to work with, the ball has to stop in a hurry. Here’s how to hit that shot.
You can hit the best shot ever, but unless you’re aimed where you and the ball to go, it won’t go there. Getting your aim right takes constant practice. Here’s how to do it.
Remember, do this drill every time you go to the range. Proper aim is not something you can learn once and then not worry about again.
This later post goes into a clear explanation of what I mean by the “picture” you see when you are properly aimed.
See my earlier video, on how to aim yourself, in case you have forgotten. This method does not compete with the video above, but compliments it.
Chipping to a green that slopes away from you is easy. It’s all in the setup.
Since the club is not hitting through the ball, the chance of blading the ball is reduced to virtually zero.
You can hit this shot almost any distance, not just the shortie you see in the video.
Before you leave home to play next time, spend three minutes watching this video clip over and over. Do it with the sound turned off so you can concentrate on the image. Absorb the feeling of ease and economy of movement turning into graceful, unforced power. Then go out with that feeling and play your best.
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