How Gripping Position Effects Golf Ball Flight

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Grip variations playing golf.

When attempting to strictly adhere to book instructions or personal golf lessons,a lot of golfers may feel that there is only one correct position for their hands as they grip the club. This is fine for your basic pretty lie in the middle of the well-maintained fairway. But obviously that's not where you'll always be.

Contrary to that strict hand positioning practice, one need not be afraid to adjust to conditions and grip the club a bit up or down on the handle. Using your good judgment as opposed to blindly sticking to what you've been told, is likely the better way to go. This way, you can get a grip that feels right to you, with the resulting shot having an increased likelihood of succeeding rather then if you are tensed-up due to being in an awkward position.

Many golfers who've just read some good tips or who have just taken some lessons tend to focus on keeping their hands always gripping the club at the exact same spot. On a nice lie, this is fine. If a golfer finds him or herself in a more challenging spot, however, you may judge that moving the hands down or up on the club handle is called for.

Trusting your gut feeling based on where you have to shoot from, has a good chance of working out better compared to automatically placing your hands in the so-called ideal position. You'll maybe feel more comfortable and confident if you do what feels like the natural thing to do.

In trying to follow lessons or book instructions to the letter, many golfers may labor with the impression that there is only one proper place for the hands to grip the club. This does hold up for all your nice shots that are situated right in the middle of the fairway.

However, you should not be afraid to go up and down the handle of the club if you feel that the required shot calls for it. Let your innate grasp of the conditions at hand, rather than strict adherence to form, be your guide. Then the grip will feel natural to you and the shot will have a better chance of succeeding than if an unnatural or uncomfortable position is causing you to tense up.

For instance, by gripping a three-iron low, you would then take advantage of less loft for a short, under-the-branches type of shot. In other short shots around the green your determination and accuracy both improve when your club is choked up, due to the added firmness.

In other words, by lowering your grip on an iron, the shot's loft would be decreased giving you less distance, but also a trajectory that may be less affected by the wind.

Also, choking up on your golf club tends to make your grip more firm, so that you'll have more confidence and accuracy on approach shots to the green. So, taking your 5-iron shot with a lower grip, will decrease the golf ball’s carry distance as it is lowering its trajectory.

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