There are lots of things you have to do hit a golf ball straight. If there were only a few, everybody could do it, and we know that’s not the case.
I want to talk about just one of those things today, and it’s something I have never read about anywhere.
The clubface is a proxy for the right hand (left hand, for left-handed golfers). The right palm, however it is oriented on the handle, controls the orientation of the clubface throughout the swing.
Try this once. Grip a club and put the right hand loosely against the left, like you probably do now. Without moving the right hand to a new place on the grip, just wiggle it from side to side.
See how loose the right hand is, and how much freedom it has to wiggle in either direction? Notice how that’s enough to get the clubface out of alignment.
If the right hand wiggles a bit to the right (clockwise) during the swing, the clubface opens. If it wiggles a bit to the left (counter-clockwise) during the swing, the clubface closes.
It’s hard to sense the right hand moving this way during the swing, and believe me, once the alignment has been upset, you won’t get it back in place before you hit the ball.
We solve this problem by making sure the right hand cannot wiggle at all, so the clubface stays in its original square orientation.
How do you make sure there’s no right hand wiggling? Easy!
When you place your hands are on the handle, turn the left hand slightly to the right so the left thumb presses gently into the pocket formed by the right palm. Left-handers will press the right thumb into the pocket formed by the left palm.
Or if you want to, you can turn your hands tightly toward each other.
Try that and see how it feels.
Since the right hand feels the pressure, if it relaxes and drifts rightward that release of the pressure lets you know right away something is wrong.
Also, the right hand can’t wiggle leftward because the left hand already will let it go no further.
What we now have is a right hand that’s stuck in place, and that’s what we want.
They key to making this work in the swing is for the light feeling of the hands pressing against each other to be the same, unchanging, throughout the swing. That’s your sign that the right hand is behaving itself.
So now you have this part of hitting the ball straight taken care of.