Let a basketball teach you to
hit it longer and straighter
THIS STORY IS FOR YOU IF...
1. YOU DON'T FEEL CONFIDENT IN YOUR GRIP
2. YOU HOLD THE CLUB TOO MUCH IN YOUR PALM.
You take your grip on the club with your palms facing up (inset photo
), placing the handle too much in the palm of your left hand and not enough in the fingers.
This mistake can inhibit your ability to release the club properly, causing both slices and a lack of distance.
Turn your hands over so your palms are facing down before gripping the club. This will help you get the grip more in your fingers of your left
hand and less in your palm, which should help you swing the club more freely, increasing distance and helping reduce any slicing tendency you might have.
Get yourself a basketball, volleyball, or kickball and dribble it on the ground, first with one hand and then the other.
Notice that to do this you have to turn your palms down toward the ground. Now hold the ball with both arms extended and both palms facing down.
Feel this position and try to ingrain it in your memory so you can remember it every time you take your grip.
Now swap the ball for a club and turn
your palms down as you did before, but this time place the grip of the club in the fingers of your left hand while it's turned down.
You should feel that it's significantly easier to get the club in the fingers instead of the middle of your palm.
If you use this palms-down position to assume your grip every time you prepare to hit a shot, I bet you'll see your shots fly straighter and longer in no time.