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Tips for Improving Your Golf Grip

Has your golf game suddenly taken a nose dive? Are your scores so high you need a calculator to add them up?

Perhaps you are new to golf and have not yet hit a straight golf shot? Well, here is a tip that might help you start hitting the ball straighter, farther, and with more confidence.

One of the most important aspects to hitting the golf ball straight and true is also one of the most overlooked. It is your grip.

Here, we are talking about your hands on the shaft and not the material located at the top of the shaft.

Two of the most dreaded shots in golf are the slice and the hook. While there may be other causes for making these shots such as being too inside at the beginning of your backswing for the slice, the main cause is often your grip--or how you are holding the club in your hands.

Here is a great way to tell if you are holding the club properly or not, and it only takes a few seconds to complete.

Start by addressing the ball as you normal do. Use your driver for this first check-up, but the smart golfer will go through this sequence with each of his or her clubs, except the putter, of course.

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Once you are in your stance, and holding the club as you normally do, look down at your hands. If you are right-handed, you should be able to see the first two knuckles on your left hand.

If you cannot see those first two knuckles, you have a weak grip, and as soon as you begin your backswing your hands will most likely go into a strong grip thus opening the club face on impact...and there goes your ball slicing off to the right.

This second tip on how to improve your golf grip will not apply to everyone, but if you are one of those to whom it does apply, listen up, for this might solve all your problems right here and right now.

Many golfers find themselves in trouble with their shots because they hold the club too tightly in their right hand (left hand for lefties).

This is a common problem.

Most golfers understand that they need to have a strong, solid right side (feet, legs, hips) in order to get the speed they want on their downswing.

That is all well and good, but do not let this strong right-side set-up creep into how you grip the club with your right hand.

Holding the grip too tight in your dominant hand often leads to tension in the hand, wrist, forearm and shoulder. This can easily take you into what is called an over-the-top swing. This is the type of motion (swing) that nearly always ends up cutting across the ball, thus impacting a slice-spin on it.

The best way to fix a tight right hand is to prevent it from happening in the first place. You want your dominant hand to hold the club just tight enough that it won't fly out of your hands.

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If you can feel the forearm muscles in your right arm (left arm for lefties) tightening, you are holding the club too tight and need to relax a bit. This may take some getting used to but it is worth every second you spend on it.

This next tip is not intended to make your head spin, so bare with me.

While you want a relaxed right hand grip (for righties), many golfers need to add strength to their left arm, wrist, and hand. Ask any pro who teaches and they will tell you they often see the left wrist break down on impact with the ball.

This can lead to all kinds of missed golf shots. The fix for a weak left wrist is to strengthen it. Here is a great little exercise you can do, even while watching television:

Using the last 3 fingers of your left hand, hold a club out in front of your body. Start with a lighter, shorter club and work your way up as you gain strength.

With the club out front, simply rise and lower the club head using only your wrist muscles.

Do this about a dozen times or so, take a two-minute break, and repeat. Three or four sets of this exercise done on a regular basis will dramatically improve the muscle tone of your left wrist, and help to keep it in place upon impact with the ball.

If your golf ball isn't doing what you intended it to do, start by checking your grip.If your grip is off, nothing else you do will matter until you get that most fundamental part of your address correct.

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