Having the palms of the right and left hands opposing each other is a consistent fundamental with all good golf grips .

The position of the club handle as to where it is situated in relation to the fingers and palm of the left and right  hands, or whether or not the little finger of the right hand is interlocked or overlapping the index finger of the left hand, can vary to suit the size of the players hands and fingers. Another option is all ten fingers gripping the club. This method is often chosen by seniors or ladies with smaller hands.

Where the club/grip is positioned in relation to the fingers and palms of each hand can affect control and distance.  Recommended variations are nicely explained in the ‘A GAME GOLF’ video below.

Some degree of finger strength is needed for beginning and  older golfers, or after a layoff. This strengthens up the tendons  in the forearms especially .  Having a golf ball or squash ball handy to squeeze on a regular basis can help with this.

Don’t under-estimate the importance of a sound golf grip. It’s the only connection between the club (the tool) and the Body (the machine). Any slippage or variation will greatly affect contact and ball flight.

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Thomas Pieters Drives a 407 yd Par 4. See his Swing in Slow Motion Replay.

Last week Thomas Pieters made even more of a name for himself by thrashing out thunderous long drives and putting magnificently, while playing with the likes of Rory and the long hitting Americans during his Ryder Cup matches. This week in Europe competing in the Dunhill Cup, Pieters hit a drive onto the green on a 407 yard par 4 hole .

See his swing here in slow motion with comments from Kelvin Miyahira.

It is becoming more obvious that several of today’s more athletic top golfers are using a very similar swing technique.  It does not involve using a lot of lateral body movement on the downswing.


Using Gravity For Distance

Using gravity for distance gain sounds simple enough to the youthful, but it involves activating many body parts, more than you can think of during a golf swing. This harnessing of gravity for distance can be what one loses with age.

Lee Trevino was one of the very best at using every KG of body weight to get the most power to the golf club head through impact, and he was also the straightest. When using  “gravity drills” you are able to perform golf practice exercises without having to think  technically. As the drill is repeated you gradually learn to contact the ball effectively and the feel is remembered in the body.

I personally have used a specific drill, (single arm swings) regularly in the past when practicing. Start with a 9 iron and hit five balls using the right hand only. Then hit 5 balls using the left hand only. Now hit 10 balls with your normal swing. Do this set of 20 balls 3 times before your regular practice. To begin with you may hit only air and ground a few times, but I found this to be just part of the learning curve.

In The Video below  gravity swing and drills are explained in more detail. I recommend regular drills and golf exercises for all golfers, especially older golfers. As the doctor says “use it or lose it”.

Disc Golf Swing Analysis

The latest craze is disk golf, unbelievably some of these players can throw golf disks up to 800 feet! (well over 200 m)

If you watch the video, the  power source appears to originate from body rotation. As most of these players are throwing the disc right handed, the body rotation is similar a left handed golf swing. For a right handed golfer, practise the throwing action with the disc held in the left hand.

Use the same body rotation coupled with a hinged right elbow action on the downswing, then expect to hit longer drives.