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Thanks to everyone for your questions this week. I want to see some more videos so get them in next week. Remember, I will put you to the top of the order if you send in your video.
Joey T asks at 1:20:
About 15 years ago I tore the tendons in my ring finger on my left
hand. Stupidly, I did not have my finger surgically repaired. Now, that
finger is permanently locked in a 90 degree position at the middle
knuckle. In other words, I cannot extend my ring finger beyond the
This does not really impact me in everyday life, other than being able
to do some cool pub tricks. It does, however, impact my grip of the
golf club. I am 6'1, right handed and prefer a slightly strong grip.
Due to my bunk finger and in order to keep enough pressure with my left
hand, I am forced to hold it a bit more in my left palm than otherwise
might be recommended. The result is that when I grip the club with my
left hand, there is a significant space between the thumb and pointer
finger so that I can wrap my fingers around the grip. Which, as I am
told, that space between the pointer finger and thumb is not what you
necessarily want when you have a fairly strong grip. Ultimately, I
believe this makes any of my misses to be pulls.
On the contrary, if I use a strong grip and put it a bit more into my
fingers so that the space between the pointer finger and thumb is
closed, I cannot square the face at impact and ultimately hit high,
weak fades or worse (hosel rockets). Moreover, I simply feel like I
cannot get enough pressure on the club when I do this. Thus, I prefer
to keep to club in more of the palm of my left hand with a significant
gap between the pointer finger and thumb.
My question is: Should I keep that style grip and what can I do to help prevent the pull from this grip?
How did you know I like a challenge, Joey? Nice move with the finger by the way. Note to self, if I tear the tendons in my finger go to the doctor and get it fixed.
I am going to help you put this issue to bed. Stop worrying about the space between your index finger and the thumb. That space is far less harmful to your swing than trying to close the gap and subsequently feeling weak. Many players who play professionally have that gap in differing amounts, including yours truly. I feel the same way you do if I try to close that gap completely: less power and poor contact.
When it comes to the pull we have to figure out where that is coming from. Is it purely a path issue with the club attacking from outside the desired line? If that is the case we have to get your shoulders more rotated at the top and keep then more closed coming down. If it isn't the path and it is the clubface position that is slightly closed as a result of the stronger grip then we need to get the face more open without changing the grip. You can achieve this with a slight cup in the left wrist at the top of the backswing.
I really need to see it if I am going to pinpoint the issue. If you can, send me a swing from the target line view, a face-on view and a close-up of your grip. Put them up on Youtube and give us the link. I promise to get you on the right track...
I am curious about the pub trick as well...
Have a good one.