One of the most important golf swing tips is to ensure your grip stays tight at the top of your swing.
The reason why this is one of the most significant golf swing tips is that the alignment and path of your club face will most likely change if you loosen your grip during your back swing.
For example, if you have established a square alignment and an on line swing path (plane) of your club face at final address to your ball and loosen your grip at the top of your swing the alignment and path of your club face would change and, assuming you would have otherwise hit a straight golf shot, you would instead mishit your ball.
One reason why many golfers loosen their grip at the top of their swing is by failing to secure the little and ring fingers of the left hand on the club handle.
A recent golf article addressed this somewhat fatal flaw of the golf swing, a portion of which reads:
“One of the worst things you can do in the golf swing is to let go of the club with the fingers of the left hand at the top of the swing. However, you see golfers doing this all the time. Letting go at the top causes you to regrip the club starting down and increase your grip pressure. The result is a premature uncocking of the club, which then bottoms out before the ball. Usually a fat shot results, but sometimes you hit the ball thin. A tell-tale sign is your glove gets worn out in the heel.
Jack Nicklaus told me last week that he sometimes has this flaw today, but it’s because he can’t physically make as big a turn as he used to, and it’s the only way to get the club to parallel on the backswing. He doesn’t like the move. He said that during his prime, he never let go of the club with his left hand at the top of the swing. He noted that sometimes his right hand was a little loose at the top, which is confirmed by photos, but never his left.” Read More …http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-instruction/blogs/theinstructionblog/2012/09/saturday-morning-tip-taming-go.
The article goes on to suggest some golf swing instructions to prevent this fatal flaw.
It suggests one of the ways to maintain a secure grip of the club at the top of the swing is to make a fuller shoulder turn.
Sometimes, the grip loosens during the back swing because the lifeline of the right hand disconnects from the left thumb if right-handed and, the left-hand lifeline disconnects from the right thumb if left-handed.
If this occurs, the alignment and path of the club will change and an otherwise straight golf shot will be mishit. You must secure the lifeline of your back hand securely on your front thumb during your swing if you want the impact position of your club face to replicate its address position.
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